Some Things to Consider
As you near trimester three, you might want to shift some of your focus toward the moment of truth, which may not have been foremost on your mind up to now.
Some things to consider this week include:
- Will you draw up a "birth plan?" Some people like to go into delivery with their wants, needs and preferences in writing, so they only need to deal with the task at hand.
- Will you "go natural?" Some people use natural pain management during delivery, while others get some help in the form of anesthetic. There's no right way, but you'll probably want to decide before labor starts, since it can get pretty intense.
- Will you have help at home? The first days and weeks after you bring your tiny, helpless, very needy baby home can be a blur of sleepless nights and sore nipples. If you plan to have a family member, a friend or a doula at home with you, start looking into that now.
- Will you breastfeed? You'll need to know this as soon as you deliver, so it's best to know well beforehand whether you plan to breastfeed or bottle feed. Each can require stocking the nursery with different accessories, too.
It's certainly not necessary to know all the answers this week, but it's a good time to start talking about it. It may take some time to figure out what you want and come to a consensus, especially if some of your decisions require research. You don't want to have to make these choices in between contractions.
Although, if it comes to that …