Now that your baby is nearly here, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of support you may require during delivery and once your bundle of joy is home. During the first few weeks, just getting through the day may be an accomplishment, and the best thing you can do to ease into parenthood is go easy on yourself, plus line up support for those early weeks. Not getting enough help can result in stress and sleep deprivation, making breastfeeding difficult, and can even lead to postpartum stress.
Help during delivery Decide on who you would like with you in the labour room during the delivery. It can be your partner, a family member or a close friend – anyone who you feel comfortable with and can depend on.
Getting help from family Family members will be a primary source of support. With a new baby, there’s always a chore waiting to be done, whether it’s laundry to fold, diapers to be picked up at the grocery store or garbage to go out. If a family member offers help, accept it gracefully.
Getting help from a paid caregiver If you don’t have family who can help, you may want to hire a baby nurse or ayah to lend a hand. You can interview candidates while you’re still pregnant and narrow the field before baby is born.
Share the load with your partner Its a great idea to encourage your partner to take an active role in baby care, and let him do things his own way so he can learn the skills and gain confidence. Your partner can also play the role of gatekeeper, limiting visitors during the early days to give you and baby some quiet time.
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