December 20, 2016
Congratulations on your expedition into motherhood. Whether it was the old fashion way or with the help of a fertility doctor, it’s time to celebrate and to prepare for the journey ahead! As a mother, and a doula, I know that you are in for the ride of your life! At times it’s scary, uncomfortable, and not fun and other times it’s amazing! Your body is changing, foods you once loved will now make you vomit and suddenly you want watermelon 4 times a day? Don’t stress too much about foods or your growing belly, focus on the important stuff, like finding the best, most supportive OBGYN or midwife! Ask for recommendations from local doulas, labor and delivery nurses and fertility doctors, they know who’s the best in the area because they work with so many providers!
After you choose the right provider, focus on resting as much as possible. Dreams are another funny part of pregnancy. One night you dream about having a gigantic baby, the next night you dream about giving birth to a toddler (at least that what I would always dream about during my pregnancies). Just be happy that you can sleep and have dreams for the time being. Towards the end of pregnancy, sleeping through the night will be a distant memory. I think this is your body’s way of getting you ready to be up all night with a newborn. For the moms who need help once baby arrives, hiring a postpartum doula or baby nurse will give you the opportunity to sleep while baby is being cared for by a professional. Breastfeeding mom still need to nurse or pump in the middle of the night because the most milk production happens overnight. Make sure to contact an IBCLC for more information about breastfeeding and attend local breastfeeding support groups if you choose to breastfeed.
Now let’s talk about the fun parts of pregnancy like shopping and baby showers. Shopping is inevitable during pregnancy! New clothes for you, clothes and furniture for baby, car seats, high chair, strollers, and so much more! Creating a registry and having a baby shower can help you get all the baby items from your list before the baby arrives. If you don’t mind gently used items, check local mom groups for items for sale or take hand-me-downs from friends and family, but always buy car seats and mattresses new!
During the pregnancy enjoy the free advice everyone will be giving you! Choose wisely which advice you will take, not everyone is a pregnancy expert, like doulas, fertility doctors, OBGYNs and midwives. Make sure the books you read are the newest edition with the most up-to-date information. Take a class or two at the hospital and hire a doula to help educate you on birth plans, comfort measures during labor and postpartum care. You are embarking on an incredible journey and it goes by fast. Slow down and appreciate the life that’s growing inside you and enjoy the next 9 months!
This blog written by Lisa Raynor, a childbirth doula and mom of 3 boys in Coral Springs, FL. Over the years, Lisa has work with many families, including first-time moms, VBAC, teen moms, high risk moms and moms working with fertility doctors. Lisa offers compassionate support to moms in Boca Raton, Parkland, Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale and Surrounding areas. Lisa has attended births at every hospitals in Broward County and Boca Raton. Call today to schedule your complementary consultation 954-914-3933.