If you are looking at this page, chances are that congratulations are in order.
Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting and terrifying times in a person’s life. Before we say anything else, it’s going to be okay.
You probably have so many questions that you do not know where to begin. Like most things, keeping it simple is probably the best way to get to a good place.
As a mother-to-be, take care of your own health. Make sure you see your doctor regularly to optimize your condition. Quit smoking if you do.
Find a local prenatal class to get a detailed introduction to what you have to expect.
A good instructor can be a great source of information and reassurance. Many people make lasting friendships with others who are just as excited and nervous as you.
Try not to have “too many cooks” managing your pregnancy. Information overload is never more present than during parenthood, and we have been known to joke that the reason pregnancy is nine months long is to get used to all the unsolicited advice you will get. Your care provider, prenatal instructor, partner, and one or two family members or friends should suffice. Most people like to have a book, such as What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Talk a lot to your partner about your plans and concerns. It is easy to take certain things for granted because you were raised a certain way, but he/she may have had a totally different experience. The more you talk about in advance, the more prepared you will be. Having said that, you are never really prepared! Starting parenthood is like opening a door to room you barely knew existed. And don’t forget that the most important person, the baby, will have his or her own plans about when to come, how to act, sleep, eat and everything else. In the end, accepting the cards that pregnancy and labor deal you and knowing that all plans in life are tentative will help you to roll with any unexpected situations.
At Falmouth Pediatrics, we are happy to meet with you before the baby is born if you would like. Give the office a call and we can set up a meeting. There you can ask all your questions, or let us know about any special situations and concerns in your life.
Despite the challenges, pregnancy is a really exciting time. We hope that you really have a chance to look forward to this most exciting change in your life. It is worth the effort- one look at your newborn and you will know that is true.