I am expecting a baby check list..........

Full term pregnancy photo of women baby in belly. Hands wrapped around the belly feeling the baby's movement.
  • Prenatal Vitamins: Start taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid as soon as you find out you're pregnant.

  • Doctor's Appointment: Schedule an appointment with your obstetrician or midwife for a prenatal check-up. You can also explore the option to have shared antenatal care with a womens health GP and a midwife too. 

  • Where do you want to have your baby, in a public hospital, home birth or free birth. Explore all options and you well know what feels right. If not touch base with your supports or professionals around you.
  • Diet and Nutrition: Eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Avoid alcohol, reduce caffeine, and high-mercury fish.
  • Exercise: Stay active with gentle exercise such as walking, swimming, or prenatal yoga. Consult your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.
  • Maternity Clothes: Invest in comfortable maternity clothes that will accommodate your growing belly.
  • Baby Supplies: Start gathering baby supplies, such as a cot, car seat, pram, and nappies.
  • Birth Plan: Consider creating a birth plan that outlines your preferences for labour and delivery. A hypnobirthing practitioner and midwife can assist with giving your information to create a plan that suits you and your family.
  • Women's health physitherapist to support your prenatal and post natal care. This baby stuff can take its toll on our bodies so this is a great option to explore. 
  • Birth education it might be a mid wife (private or public), Hypnobirthing practitioner or doula. It could be all of the above and other professionals to support your pregnancy journey. Your birth your way! 
  • Hospital Bag: Pack a hospital bag with essentials such as toiletries, comfortable clothing, and baby clothes.
  • Childbirth Classes: Consider enrolling in childbirth classes to prepare for labour and delivery.
  • Support Network: Build a support network of family and friends who can offer emotional and practical support throughout your pregnancy and after your baby arrives.
  • Insurance and Finances: Check with your insurance provider to ensure that your pregnancy and childbirth are covered. However the public health care system has free maternity care for public hospital maternity care. Plan for any additional expenses related to your pregnancy and the arrival of your baby.
  • Emotional Health: Take care of your emotional health by practising self-care, seeking support if needed, and prioritising rest.

Remember that every pregnancy is unique, so don't hesitate to talk to your doctor, midwife or treating professionals about any specific needs or concerns you may have.

Congratulations on your pregnancy and best wishes for a healthy and happy journey into motherhood!


*This is a guide that is general and please ensure you seek out advice that is suited to your individual circumstances. 

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