40-week pregnancy is a long time to prepare for your new life experience. Here are some of the things you should do before your child is born.
Learn about the birth process
You should take the opportunity to learn about the birth process. There are lots of books and blogs on parenting and pregnancy that you can read. You can consider taking a birth class where you can learn about the various stages of labor, pain management tactics, breathing techniques, etc. You can watch videos online on pregnancy and child birth.
Find a doctor for your baby
It is a good time to look for a pediatrician for your child. Getting appointments can often be a very difficult task. So, if you can get hold of a good pediatrician early, you will be relieved.
Get adjusted with your partner
You should discuss with your partner your expectations after the child is born. Both of your expectations must be in line with each other, else there will be conflicts. Discuss how you want to raise your child, what help you are thinking of getting after the child is born, how you are going to change your daily routine, what new arrangements you are going to make in your house, etc.
Prepare older siblings
A new born baby can negatively affect older children’s life. You should talk to your older child about the arrival of the new baby. You should make your child understand how he or she should behave in front of the baby, etc. Some hospitals offer sibling classes. You may consider taking your child there.
Being a parent is not easy. You have to deal with a lot of changes in your life. The pregnancy period is a good time to get prepared for your new life.