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10 Things to Do Before You Deliver

At 34 weeks, our baby now weighs 2.2kgs. Baby’s weight is right on track according to my gynae. She now kicks like a madman more than 20x a day. On the mommy front, no stretch-marks to date. Yay! Cardio and weights for 1 hour every morning, status quo. With only ONE more month to go, s***’s getting real as each weekend is a mad rush to buy baby paraphernalia, prepare baby room and tie up all ends before pumpkin arrives. Gosh 8 months just flew by at breakneck speed. I think hubby is coping better, but I have to remind myself to slowdown, chill and breathe!

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What can I tell ya? Pregnancy is a bit like running a marathon. Start easy, find your comfortable pace midway, and then pick up the momentum all the way to the finish line. It’s not how u start, but how u run the good race ya? Here’s to that shiny medal called motherhood!

Also, here are 10 Things to Do Before You Deliver…

1. Learn about the birth process
Consider taking a birth class, in which you can learn about the stages of labor, options for pain management, breathing techniques, and medical equipment that may be used during your delivery. Class offerings vary, so survey the options in your community to find the one that most appeals to you. It’s a good idea to start looking into classes mid-pregnancy to make sure you get one you like – and have time to take it.

You can also learn about birth by watching videos from our library of real-life deliveries, including hypno-birth, natural birth, water birth, birth with an epidural, c-section birth, and more.

2. Keep Exercising
Exercising for 30 minutes – 1 hour on most, or all, days can benefit your health during pregnancy. The important thing is to be active and get your blood flowing.
Exercising for me was fabulous – I had no morning sickness, bloating etc and I could still wear my wedding rings right up till the end. It also :
Helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling
May help prevent, or treat, gestational diabetes
Increases your energy
Improves your mood
Improves your posture
Promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance
Helps you sleep better
Regular activity also helps keep you fit during pregnancy and may improve your ability to cope with labor. This will make it easier for you to get back in shape after your baby is born.

3. Capture your belly journey
“Everyone told me that I was going to miss having my baby in my belly,” once it was gone, so I started taking loads of photos of it. I got my hubby to help too. Now I am happy to say that I have a ton of cool photos to remind me of my baby belly’s journey!

4. Know the breastfeeding basics
Don’t expect baby to just latch on and start feeding. For both of you, it will be a learning process—and some new moms have trouble. Head off problems as much as you can by learning the basics before you give birth.

5. Prepare Baby room and Paraphernalia
Every baby needs to have a comforting place to sleep. Purchase and set up the crib or bassinet completely and follow this checklist for creating a safe and practical nursery before baby moves in.

6. Buy the Nursing bras, breast pump and baby carrier sarongs etc..
If you wait till you deliver, you won’t even have time to s*** let alone leave the house to go shopping. So buy all your mommy paraphernalia before hand!

7. Install the car seat
Once you go into labor, both you and your partner will be too nervous to read step-by-step instructions carefully or to think clearly enough to know the car seat is installed correctly. So do it early and it will be all set to go when delivery day arrives.

8. Be a water baby
In the final weeks of pregnancy, you may not be able to exercise (in my case, run) anymore, so just continue swimming. That’s allowed right up to the delivery date.. so yay!

9. Pack your hospital bag
Make sure you have all the essentials before you head to the hospital. Check out our packing list and these extras moms couldn’t live without.

10. Line up help for after the birth
In those first postpartum weeks, extra help is essential. If your folks or in-laws or the live-in confinement lady helps for a month or so, then you are one of the lucky ones!
Otherwise rope in friends to help. Your husband and you can prepare packed nutritious meals before hand and load them into the freezer, so you may have them in the busiest weeks after baby arrives.
If you’re lucky enough like me, your hubby is a fabulous cook and has taken 3 month’s paternity to help out!

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