Being a mother surely is everyone’s dream after marriage. But in order to be a mother, the process is never easy. You will have to plan your pregnancy to make sure you are completely ready to be a mother. Liking babies and kids will not make you a good mother but enough knowledge about motherhood will.
Having the idea to be a mother means you are physically and mentally ready but there is one thing that people often forget which is financial status. If you want to have a baby, you will have to spend a lot of your money for you and your baby’s well-being. Supplements, medications, milk, car seat, diapers and the list goes on.
Here are some of the things that you can prepare before being a mother:
Take care of your health
Taking care of your health is not only for pregnancy but even before you get pregnant, you have to make sure that you are healthy. This is to make sure that you are mentally and physically capable of being pregnant for more or less 9 months. During pregnancy, go to monthly check-ups to keep updated with what is happening to you and your baby. Do not skip the medication and consult with your doctor before consuming any kind of supplement. Eat good food, do simple exercise such as walking or pregnancy yoga to help you have better control of your emotions and mental health.
Read about pregnancy
Being a first-time mother means you have less knowledge and experience about pregnancy and that is why you have to read a lot. Not only you, your partner should read some too, so he will know what to do and how to handle a pregnant mother with care. There are a lot of do’s and don’ts for pregnancy. For example, direct contact with chemicals such as detergents or even cat’s litter, moving heavy stuff and playing extreme sport will result to miscarriage. That is why reading about pregnancy helps you to keep you and your baby safe.
Make preparation for breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is what every mother is looking forward to in order to give the best nutrient to the baby. It may be easy for some people but it is actually not. Breastfeeding requires you to be mentally, physically and emotionally ready and capable to do so. Cracked nipples, waking up in the middle of the night and latching problems might be the biggest challenge for a new mother. After you have started breastfeeding your baby, you surely will experience leakage and that will be very exhausting. If it ever happens to you, try using nursing pads because it helps.
Start new habits
After you have your baby, your life will surely change. It is no longer only you and your partner but it is you, your partner and your baby. You will have to start making a schedule on who will cook and who will clean on certain days. It helps to reduce the pressure that you will start to feel as soon as your baby is born. Eat good food, start a new healthy lifestyle.
Those are only some of the things that you need to prepare before being a mother. There are a lot more that you can learn and find later after you already experience having a baby.