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Buying for Belly, Birth & Baby

Here’s a mega-list for you to download to help you prepare for all your pregnancy, hospital stay, and life-with-a-baby essentials.

Not only that, but we also have a handy checklist for you for handling the changes ahead, as you prepare for pregnancy and parenthood.

Get your body ready

Here are some important ways to prepare for a healthy pregnancy:

·         Start keeping track of your menstrual cycle, if you aren’t already. This will be helpful in determining your due date when you fall pregnant.

·         Schedule a check-up with the dentist, as you may not be able to have certain treatments when you are pregnant.

·         Speak to your doctor about your vaccination history. Illnesses like German measles can be very dangerous while pregnant, so you may need to get vaccinated for these before conceiving.

·         If you have a chronic medical condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or depression, speak to your doctor before trying to conceive. You may need to adjust your lifestyle or medication before pregnancy.

·         If you are a smoker, it is best for you (and your partner!) to quit before you fall pregnant. Not only will it increase your chances of conception, but it means you won’t have to worry about your unborn baby being exposed to the harmful effects of smoke later on.

·         Eat a balanced diet (be sure to get lots of pulses, legumes, wholegrains, fruit and vegetables, not only protein) and drink plenty of water. Nutrition is truly fundamental to well-being.

·         Avoid fish with a high mercury content (such as swordfish, tuna, king mackerel and tilefish) as a build-up of mercury on your body could be harmful to your unborn baby.

·         Start taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid. Your baby starts developing before you even know you’re pregnant, and these will ensure your little one is off to a good start. 

·         Get enough exercise. An active lifestyle will help you to stay optimistic, and is important for your physical health too.

·         If you are on medical aid, check what maternity care you are covered for so you can update your policy if necessary.

Childproof your relationship

Parenthood will change your relationship, that’s for sure. The effect it will have will depend on you and your partner. Here are a few important things to consider before conceiving:

·         Children can bring out the best in you but having a child will seldom heal a deep rift in a relationship. Before you embark on the road to parenthood, be honest with yourself – are any problems you and your partner experience deep and longstanding?

·         Having a baby is not cheap. Are you and your partner financially secure, and able to talk about finances and budgeting openly?

·         Pregnancy and parenthood will change your lifestyle. Have you both discussed how this will affect your relationship and do you have realistic expectations?              

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