Relax, I’m not pregnant again.
Many of you have asked for me to pass along some baby information, so here it is.
Books, articles, and videos about birth, babies, and being parents:
Before you get pregnant, figure out how to stay home for the first few years of his or her life. Your baby deserves to be raised by you!
Also, some basic advice.
Use midwives, avoid the medical birth/pregnancy.
Have your baby at home, or have a doula with you at hospital.
Get educated about birth and the process your body goes through.
Eat well, exercise and relax.
Avoid frilly baby clothes, they are not practical.
Breast feed and co-sleep, you’ll sleep better and be more relaxed.
Take pictures of your belly growing.
Listen to your intuition, avoid too much intervention.
Get a sling, but wait until the baby is born, he or she will have a preference. I went through many types before I found one that worked. Touch is paramount, babies belong in arms, not plastic containers.
Once you start showing, ladies will try and share their sometimes scary birth stories with you. Ask them politely to wait until you have your own story to share before they go on. Expecting to be scared and in pain can increase the likeliness of fear and pain.
Relax, your baby is probably fine, obsessing will not help anyone.
But many things second hand, they grow fast!
If any of you have any additional advice please feel free to comment!