A Pre-Baby To Do List for Moms!
Sleep to your heart’s content:
Sleep as often and as much as you can when you are pregnant – this is probably the best piece of advice you will receive. “Although I did not realised it at the time, this was the most important advice I was given. Sleep in late on the weekends and have an afternoon nap” says Marcelle Falconer, mother to Maxine, 13 months. This is sound advice because once your baby arrives good, uninterrupted sleep will seem nothing more than a distant memory.
Soak your troubles away:
I am sure that you will have already found the soothing effects of a hot, relaxing soak in the tub and isn’t it amazing that the answer to many pregnancy-related aches and pains is indeed a hot bath. Sore feet? Have a hot bath. Sore back and shoulders? Have a hot bath. Tense and stressed? Have a hot bath. Essential oils such as sandalwood and ylang ylang are safe to use during pregnancy and also help ease stress.
Have a massage:
Prenatal massage is an ideal way to relax and unwind. Dr Miriam Stoppard says in her book Healthy Pregnancy that massage “stimulates the nerve endings in your skin, improves your circulation, and soothes tired muscles, creating an overall sense of peace and well-being”.
Have your hair done:
Changing hormones during and after pregnancy will affect your crowning glory. If you are one of the fortunate few your hair will look and feel great, but don’t panic if your hair becomes thin and brittle. To keep your hair healthy and looking fantastic visit your hairdresser to get their advice, have a deep-conditioning treatment or to just try out a new low-maintenance style that requires minimum fuss once your time becomes a precious commodity!
Have a manicure/pedicure:
Most women find their nails grow faster and stronger during pregnancy so it is essential they look good. A pedicure is a way to keep your fee both healthy and happy – especially when you can’t even see them, never mind give them the attention they deserve after carrying you and your baby around all day. “Pamper yourself now because once you have your baby your beauty routine will go out the window”, adds Marcelle Falconer.
Don’t forget about your partner:
Now is the perfect time to let your partner know how much you need. Marcelle Falconer says, “Before the baby is born you should go away for a quiet or romantic weekend – because once the baby arrives you will have neither the time nor the inclination to do it”. Even a “date” with your partner will show him how much you love and appreciate him.
Decorate the nursery and buy the essentials:
Choosing the right equipment for the nursery can be a tricky job – there is so much to choose from and believe it or not you don’t need to buy it all! Dr Stoppard suggests you “try choose equipment that has a long life: a cot that becomes your child’s bed, for example”. She goes on to say that initially you only need a few items – something in which to transport your baby, somewhere for him to sleep and something in which to bathe him.
Putting together the layette is also important: essential baby items include a bonnet or hat (babies lose a tremendous amount of body heat through their heads), cotton vests, stretch suits, diapers, baby soft towels, baby socks, loose cardigans (knitted) and receiving blankets (of which you “can never have enough”). Because you can’t predict how fast your baby will grow don’t buy too many clothes in advance, but don’t skimp on the number of essentials either – you always need more than you think!
Other essentials include a baby monitor and storage for both baby clothes and baby toiletries. If you have any doubts as to what you should buy consult your midwife who can steer you in the right direction.