1. Shop Online
Let’s face it, if you’re worried about your baby coming during the holidays it may be because you haven’t checked things off your holiday to-do-list. Shopping online will reduce the hassle of going from store to store. When you order gifts, have them wrapped and sent directly to the recipient.
2. Pack a Bag
Do this right away! There are many helpful checklists available to guide you through the essentials for your hospital bag. Ask your partner or a friend to help you knock this out!
3. Save Important Numbers
Look over the forms given to you by your doctor or midwife. Save any important numbers in your phone and your partner’s phone.
4. Talk to your Doctor
Address any concerns with your care provider ahead of time. Make a list of questions to ask during your appointment. Remember to take notes on your phone or in a notebook that you keep with you.
5. Share your Plans
Holiday time means lots of exciting plans. If you’re usually the “hostess with the mostest,” find someone to help with plans this year. A friend or relative can host at their home or share some of your hosting responsibilities so that you can focus on preparing for your baby.
6. Put Visitors to Work
Ask your family and friends to help you get ready for the arrival of your baby. When guests come to visit, ask them to help you do things such as wash and fold baby clothes, organize the nursery, or do light housework. If they’re in the holiday spirit, they’re likely to say yes!
7. Keep Decorations Simple
If you usually do it up and have a home that your neighbors envy, this may be a good year to take it easy. Giving birth is a big task and you should plan to get some rest afterwards. Newborns also keep you pretty busy with diaper changes and feedings. Keeping decorations to a minimum so you can spend less time taking them down and more time with your new little one.
8. Stock Up on Important Items
In Louisiana, we all have experience in this area. Make sure you have essential items as if you were planning for a hurricane. Stores may have special hours and running to the store is going to be a little difficult with a newborn in tow. Make a list of things you cannot live without like diapers, wipes, toilet tissue, water, and snacks that are easy to grab.
The holidays can be stressful. Remember your body is also gearing up for birth and you’re going to need some energy. Designate some of time for self-care. Soon, you will have another tiny human to take care of and you may hardly have enough time to shower. Don’t forget to give yourself the gift of rest and relaxation this holiday season!
10. Hire a Doula
A doula can help you prepare for the birth of your little one and provide continuous support during labor. Can you imagine what it would be like returning home while everyone is busy with their holiday plans? Your doula can. That is why she will support you through your transition and will help care for you and your baby.