What to Expect When Expecting

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Maternity is the period during pregnancy that typically lasts for around 9 months. While pregnant, there are many different concerns that you may have regarding the safety of yourself and your baby, what type of clothes you’ll fit into, things that you’ll need to buy for the baby, what to expect during labor and much more. This can be an exciting time during any new parents’ lives. During pregnancy, there are a few things that you will need to know and be prepared for to make the very best of the new life that you’re bringing into the world.

1. Safety – One thing that many parents-to-be are concerned about is keeping their baby safe. While medical complications can occur in some circumstances, this may not have anything to do with anything that you have done during pregnancy. The best things that you can do during maternity to keep your baby safe include taking prenatal vitamins, attending doctors’ appointments, consulting a physician is there is any pain, getting good nutrients into your body and simply by being careful. Avoid bumpy rides or attractions at theme parks that are not recommended for those who are pregnant.

2. Maternity Clothing – As your belly continues to grow during pregnancy, some changes will need to be made to your wardrobe. Maternity clothing can be purchased at a number of major retail locations. These clothes are designed to fit your growing body in a comfortable and stylish way. From tunic tops to flowing dresses and stretchy waistband pants, it is important to be comfortable and feel good while pregnant. Rather than spending a fortune on maternity clothes that will only be worn for a few months, try visiting local consignment stores that carry cute maternity clothes at affordable prices.

3. Baby Items – During maternity, many choose to buy essential items that they will need for their baby. From decorating the nursery to shopping for newborn clothes, this is one of the most exciting parts of getting ready for the birth of your little one. Some baby item essentials that you will need include burp cloths, swaddle blankets, hats, pacifiers, onesies, several select outfits in varying sizes, diapers, wipes, baby wash, formula or a breast pump if breast feeding and blankets. Other items that you may choose to get include a bassinet, crib, baby swing, bouncy seat, bedding set and more. A great tip is to create a registry or list of everything that you think you will need for your baby.

4. Labor – One thing that many mothers think about during maternity is what labor will be like. This can be different for everyone. Consider pain relief options such as an epidural for a more comfortable labor.

Maternity is a time in your life that you will never forget. In addition to preparing, it is important to cherish the memories that you make while caring for your little one before birth.

Author Bio

Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to www.nanny.net/ service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.

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