Things to Expect When You're Planning for a Baby


Bringing a little one into the world is one of the biggest decisions that anyone can make. When you have a child, you are bringing someone into this world who is going to be entirely dependent on you for survival. You’re going to take on a whole lot of responsibility. You will need to fend for them for at least eighteen years. You need to provide accommodation, food, warmth, clothes, an education and so much more. You will need to give them emotional support. You will need to look out for them their entire life. But if this a decision that you feel you are ready for and are able to take on, here are a few things to expect throughout the process of planning for your little one!

Physical Changes

Needless to say, one of the most major elements of having a baby for the vast majority of people is the physical changes and processes that people will go for during pregnancy and in giving birth. Your body will change drastically over the course of nine months, stretching and making space for your baby to develop. You’re going to experience a lot of symptoms. Different people can experience different changes and conditions to different degrees, but you do have to be prepared to experience any of them if you’re planning on having a little one yourself. This can range from morning sickness to back pain, swollen feet and ankles, fatigue, varicose veins and so much more. The birthing process can also vary drastically from one person to the next, with some having very straightforward births and others finding that the process may take longer and can require some medical intervention. Make sure to read plenty of different women’s experiences and the different things that can happen during pregnancy to ensure that you are aware of different symptoms and signs of issues and how to best seek help and deal with them if you do experience them.

Midwife Appointments

Throughout your pregnancy, you’re going to need midwife appointments that allow a healthcare professional who specialises in pregnancy and birthing to visit you (or for you to visit them) to check your wellbeing, the progress of your pregnancy and generally ensure that you are doing well. They will carry out routine checks such as blood pressure checks or measuring levels of protein in your urine. They will talk to you to check in on your mental wellbeing too. All of this helps them to determine whether your pregnancy is progressing as expected and to ensure the ongoing health of you and your unborn baby. Midwife appointments will also continue past the point of giving birth, as your midwife will then begin to check in on your baby, ensuring that they are growing and getting on well too. They can provide information from breastfeeding tips to crib safety tips, so don’t be afraid to ask on any questions you may have on any topic!

Choosing a Birthing Style

As your due date gets closer, you’re going to find that you need to choose how you want to give birth. There are different ways to do this and different options suit different people. Make sure to thoroughly look into the different options that are available to you in your local area. You should look at the safety of each different option and you may need to consider things such as cost too. It is generally recommended that people give birth in a hospital or similar medical facility to ensure that doctors are available and able to provide assistance should you need any help through the process or medical intervention. However, some women do opt to give birth at home or in other locations with the assistance of a midwife. You will also need to consider the way that you give birth. Do you want the assistance of pain killers? Are you aware of the risks or effects on your body that can come hand in hand with different pain killer options? Do you want to opt for a caesarean section? Do you want a water birth? Your healthcare provider will be able to discuss different options with you.

Considering Names

It’s always a good idea to start considering baby names well in advance of giving birth. Some people will settle on a name before giving birth, others will have a few options to choose from once they see their little one, some will decide completely once their little one is born. Most locations have a time limit to register the birth of newly born children, so you will need to choose a name by this date. There are a lot of considerations when choosing a name, with certain words or symbols and characters not being permitted. You should also consider that your child will also have to have this name as an adult, so it’s generally best to choose something that you deem relatively sensible without negative or child like connotations if possible.

Preparing for Their Arrival

There are a fair few things that you should organise, set up and purchase in the lead up to your baby being born. These are items that will make caring for your baby as easy as possible. Sure, it’s never actually going to be easy. But there are some things that can simplify the process. You will need baby clothes. You will need bibs. You will need a cot or moses basket for your baby to sleep in. You should browse prams or pushchairs to make transporting your little one easier. If you drive, a car seat will be essential. Bottles for feeding. Bottle sterilisers to clean them. Nappies. Nappy bins. A changing table. Baby safe toys or teddies. You may want to consider mobiles to help them get to sleep or night lights. Baby monitors for when they are in a different room from you as they transition to sleeping in their own room at night. The list goes on and on.

Bringing a baby into the world can be one of the greatest things you do, as long as you’re prepared and committed. Hopefully, some of the information above will help to guide this journey in the right direction!