In addition to worrying about the birth itself, new parents may also feel anxious about preparing food and other essentials required when mother and baby are recovering in hospital to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Packing your hospital bag prior to the birth is therefore the best thing to do, meaning that preparations should begin during the 8th month or as soon as the pregnancy enters its final trimester. This will ensure that when the term is complete or the contractions begin, all parties will be suitably prepared for their visit to hospital.
This first bag will be full of excitement, kindness and comfort.
This second bag will be full of love and good health.
The last bag will be bursting with encouragement and strength.
Before packing your bags, make advance inquiries with the hospital as some places will already have a pack of essentials prepared for both mother and child, including those which can be of assistance to fathers and visitors.
Furthermore, new parents should research maternity and paternity leavers’ rights to ensure they are aware of what is allowed before calling into work or organizing cover. Also, do not miss a doctor’s appointments prior to the birth as the doctor will carefully check the state of your body in order to prevent against any complications that could arise in the final weeks of your pregnancy.
Expectant parents should try not to worry about things too much, practicing positive wellbeing while preparing for the eagerly awaited, healthy arrival of your little one.