You may be surprised how things tend to fall into place. You've probably been collecting onesies, reading car-seat reviews and comparing strollers for months now, and that's a great way to prepare. But it's not something that should keep you up nights (unless you're up anyway, then by all means). Don't worry too much if:
- You don't yet have a birth plan, don't know if you'll go natural, and have no idea if your mom can stay for a week after delivery. You have time (and anyway, "the best laid plans … "). Chances are, you'll know what feels right when the time comes.
- You don't know a good pediatrician. Why would you, if this is your first? Ask your doctor, your midwife, your friends or at the local hospital. You'll get lots of recommendations you can choose from.
- You're exercising less. This is actually a good thing, since your body is under more stress than ever. Don't feel you need to push it -- what was healthy exertion two weeks ago may feel like too much now. Listen to your body and to your doctor.
In the end, whether you worry or don't worry will have little impact on what happens when your contractions start, so make it easy on yourself. Make a list, make decisions to the best of your ability (and together), and get as much sleep as you can. The next trimester will be tiring.
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