Being as Ready as you Can Be
No, nothing will really prepare you for motherhood, just like nothing would prepare you for being a refugee. But you can have things available that will help. For example, if you thought there might be a situation where you might have to leave your country, you would want to keep a “bug out” bag available. Would it solidify and assure your journey?
No; but it would make the journey easier and better. Well, as an expecting mom, you don’t know whether you’ll have a precocious child, a gentle lamb, or twins. You don’t know who they’ll make friends with, when and where they’ll get ill, or what successful breakthroughs they’ll have.
But you do know they’ll need food, clothes, medicine, bandages, love, and security. So you can take steps to provide those things in advance. With that in mind, figuring out what to anticipate is a great idea to assist you in being ready. Here are three primary things to think about.
1. Daycare Needs
Sure, you can bring your newborn with you to the DMV. A lot of mothers do. Wouldn’t you rather leave the baby with your mom or husband or some trusted person for the two hours it takes to get through that living purgatory? Ideally, you should be able to send your husband. Many mothers today don’t have a man around, and that makes things hard.
You will need daycare, prep accordingly. Hopefully you only have to use it as a last resort sporadically. As the saying goes, it’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. You will need daycare options at some point. Figure out how to do that, support groups are helpful.
2. Breastmilk Production Considerations
Breastfeeding should be easy like Sunday morning, right? Wrong. Many mothers have surprising difficulty. Latch issues develop, paps get sore, some babies have teeth, engorged breasts my not express owing to a clogged milk duct, and the list goes on.
If you’re having trouble figuring out how to produce more milk, or contending with any of the other issues briefly referenced here, check out this link on how to increase milk supply; it goes to a group specializing in lactation.
3. Rest, Scheduling, Nutrition, and Healthcare
You need sleep, but that won’t always be available when you’ve got a newborn. Also, your baby doesn’t care about your schedule. For at least the first six months to a year, you should plan around the baby, not conform the baby to your schedule.
You want to eat proper so you can produce breast milk, and your baby will need proper nutrition as they’re weaned. Lastly, you’ll want medical options readily available for emergencies.
Filling Out Your Maternal Toolkit
Available healthcare, proper nutrition, scheduling, rest, breastmilk production, and daycare needs represent common considerations any new mother should keep in mind. Plan for such eventualities and you’ll be better prepared than most.