The time will one day come along, when you and your partner decide to have a baby or are thrust into the thought of parenthood by the sands that pass through the hour glasses of our lives. This can be a most enjoyable period of your life but, if not planned for, can also be fraught with troubles and costly mistakes. The best way to avoid these sorts of woes is to sit down and plan for the expected and unexpected. Those nine months will probably the most important of your life and will need the trusted care of many professionals to get through them. Yes, you can call on and rely on the help and support of family and friends, some or many of who might have been down this road with children of their own previously. However, there is insight and advice that they are just not equipped and prepared and allowed to give. For this, it really is best to talk to those in the know.
Before the big arrival
You are going to need a pre pregnancy checkup Melbourne and other Australian cities and around the world have to offer. You must make an appointment with the chosen professional, who you should have formed a relationship with already or need to start doing, and then crack on with the process. You will have so many questions and thoughts, all of which they will be able to answer and advise on. You would do well to take your husband or boyfriend or the person you are having the baby with along. They can listen intently with you, perhaps taking mental and paper notes along the way. What you don’t hear or listen to, they will. You can then talk about it after the appointment so that you can both internalise and memorise the important bits.
Budget for the difficult times
Yes, you will have to budget cash for the expenses that are to come, but you would also do well to conserve and preserve emotional energy, as you are going to need to keep it on reserve for some of the sleepless nights and tough morning and daunting afternoons ahead. Of course, all of these are based in love for your upcoming new-born baby, but the challenges will be real and will need to be successfully negotiated and countered in the tougher times of need. Again, speak to the doctor who will be able to give you some great advice around this on how to prepare for the prolonged periods of baby challenges.
Lean on those you love
You must not be proud and you must be willing to trust those who are close to you. Every now and then, you will need some ‘you’ time, and a sister or a brother or an aunty or a mom can be called on to look after your precious one. The time alone or just with your partner will reinvigorate you and if you get some sleep in between, you will be refreshed and ready to pick up on being a mother again.