When you have are pregnant for the first time, it can be a mixture of emotions. Being pregnant is wonderful and can be a very happy time. As the pregnancy progresses, you might become a little more anxious, though. Thoughts about the birth will be going round your head. What kind of pain relief will you have? How will you cope? The thing is, you can’t know how you will feel when you are in labour. So you have to just take it one step at a time. Birth plans change as our bodies adjust or our baby moves and shifts. So some things you can’t plan for. You can make some decisions ready for when you have your baby in your arms, though. If you are pregnant, then there are several decisions that you need to ask yourself. Having a decision already made will help you get into your stride of motherhood once the baby arrives.
Breastfeeding or Formula Feeding
I don’t want to cause any kind of debate with this, but you need to decide how your baby will be fed. How you feed is completely up to you, of course. But the decision needs to be made before your baby is here. As soon as your baby is born, the doctors will be keen for the baby to be fed. So you need to know what method of newborn feeding you will choose. A decision to breastfeed might not work out, but you can change things as you go along.
To Use a Soother or Not Use a Soother
You might have strong opinions on this; you might not. Sometimes it will depend on your baby and what they are like. Some babies hate having a soother, no matter how much you might want them to. There are benefits to having one, though, such as a protection from SIDS. So you need to decide if you want to have some ready in the house or not.
Feed on Demand or Feed on a Schedule
However you have chosen to feed your baby, it is important to know what kind of schedule you will follow. It can help to keep you sane, and you will know what is happening and when. So will you feed on demand or get your baby into a schedule? If it is the latter, you might want to read some books on getting into a routine. You will need to know how to do it before you try to do it!
Co-Sleeping or In a Moses Basket
For some, this can be a hard decision to make until your baby is here. Until you realise just how tired you are, you won’t know the pros and cons of either way to sleep. If you are breastfeeding, then co-sleeping is deemed as easier. But it is entirely up to you. You could even consider getting a crib that has an open side that attaches to your bed. Then you can get the best of worlds.