The news of your pregnancy can be an exciting whirlwind of a time – as well as a scary one. Whether you planned to get pregnant or not, you’re now faced with a huge to-do list to make sure everything is ready for when the new baby arrives. Nine months may seem like a whole lot of time to get everything sorted, but time easily flies, and there are many things you’ll want to make sure are ready way ahead of time so that you can relax when you start to get a little bigger (and have less energy!).
- Set Up Your Healthcare Appointments
First things first: make sure your checkup appointments are booked to make sure everything is healthy with your pregnancy. You can then set up your regular appointments to have the pregnancy checked as it goes along.
- Decide on Your Living Situation
This is a big first question to ask, especially if your pregnancy was unexpected and you hadn’t thought about your living situation before now. You need to make sure that your home is big enough to accommodate a baby and that your baby has room to grow. You may have already been planning to move into a bigger place, or maybe you need to change up your current home layout. Whatever you choose, this is an important step.
- Don’t Forget to Throw a Baby Shower
While it’s a time for lots of planning, organization, and even potential stress, it’s also a time for celebration. You may want to throw a huge baby shower to celebrate with all your family and friends or maybe just an intimate gathering to let the happy news sink in. Either way, a baby shower should be on your checklist. It’s also a key opportunity to stock up on key items that the baby will need in the form of gifts from your loved ones.
Your baby shower can be however you’d like to celebrate: whether it’s a big venue with bartending services, a weekend away with family and friends, or a quiet dinner at home.
- Plan Out Your Healthy Lifestyle
You shouldn’t have to make huge changes to your lifestyle to accommodate a pregnancy, but it depends on how you’re living now. Your diet may need a huge overhaul to make sure you and your baby are getting all the nutrients you need during the pregnancy. Be sure to research how to live a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise during pregnancy.
- Research Services in Your Area
There will be a lot of services you may need after your baby is born and as it grows, such as daycare services, schools in the area, or even local stores you can trust to supply all your baby equipment needs.
Researching these in advance is a good idea so that you can find out where your closest services are. In some cases, such as if you live in a very remote area, you may need to consider moving (or how you could get to where you need to be).
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