What’s happening inside
Baby’s brain continues its intensive development, making the many complex internal connections it needs to make for him to make sense of the world in due time. Even now, these connections are working to process information and capture signals from all five senses.
Some days, you may find yourself overwhelmed by a sense of helplessness and apprehension about the impending introduction of a totally dependent newborn infant into your lives. You may seriously doubt your ability to handle it all. These concerns are perfectly normal and should be processed now, before the real challenges come. Setting priorities, realizing that the transition won’t be smooth-sailing, and putting pre-emptive measures in place will all help you to adjust to your new role in life.
A Matter of Fact
There is definitely value in thinking through your ideal birth scenario, as well as your preferred ways of dealing with contingencies that might arise. You have the luxury of time now to think through decisions like pain relief and whether or not to extract cord blood. However, the truth is that the best-laid plans often go wrong, and your birth plan is no exception to the norm. Be prepared that you may well be called on to make unexpected split-second decisions during the actual birth.
Tips for daddy
Don’t leave it to your wife to sort out the birth plan specifics just because it’s her body. She’ll appreciate the input and advice, and the chance to make certain key decisions together. And do try to make the hospital visit together, so that D-Day is not your first encounter with the labour ward.
A quote for mummy-to-be
Part of being a parent is rolling with the punches, so consider an unexpected pregnancy the universe’s way of helping you to learn to do that.
– Heather Wittenberg