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"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born." - Osho
Here I am in the last few weeks of my pregnancy waiting with oodles of anxiety to welcome my little bundle of joy. At times I feel that these 9 months flew by in a jiffy and at times I feel like it has been an eternity. Either ways I know that it is only a matter of time now.
To sum up, these 9 months have helped me endure everything like the physical implications - morning sickness, weight gain, leg and back cramps and the emotional turmoil - mood swings, yelling, irritation (keeping the list short as I do not want to scare you with the rest of it). But, all in all it has been a wonderful journey.
It has already dawned on me that I am very close to the D-Day so I have started doing my bit of preparations for the same. I wanted to share a few pointers with everyone who is sailing in the same boat as me which might just make things a tad bit easier for you.
Mental Preparation - According to me, the most important aspect. Labor is a herculean task and being mentally prepared is of utmost importance. Here I also know that no amount of readiness is going to be enough as I myself do not know how huge it is going to be. But, I have started my bit of research on the whole process. I would like to give a word of caution. Please do not indulge yourselves with too many labor stories from different women especially that pesky next door aunty who loves to exaggerate as these stories often turn out to become "horror stories". The last thing that you want to do is to stress yourself too much and complicate the experience. Every woman's labor is different.
C Section / Normal Delivery - Unfortunately one of the most common reasons of worry for a lot of women. Once again please chuck all the free advice with respect to this. As always I have a few to share with you :). Examples of Free advice - walk 10 kms daily and you will have a normal delivery for sure; eat so and so food item and normal delivery is a guarantee; keep talking to the baby and tell him / her that you want a normal delivery; do not take epidural under any circumstance.. even if you are dying of pain as it induces a C section. Honestly, I too agree that a normal delivery is much better and much preferred but, nowadays we have amazingly equipped hospitals and very well trained doctors to handle even the toughest situations.
Hospital Bag - The last and the final pointer is your hospital bag. Do keep this ready and handy in the 9th month itself to avoid last minute rush (you may not even have the time or the energy for it). I have a list ready for the same which I am sharing. Experienced mommies please feel free to add on to this list as I too am a rookie and may surely miss out on something.
All documents (if you are insured), papers and hospital reports.
Baby clothes (if the hospital does not provide the same)
Toiletries - Tooth brush, paste, soap, body lotions, comb (anything else that you use on a regular basis)
Lastly, sit back and enjoy and take ample amount of rest in these last few weeks as one thing is for sure - your life is never again going to be the same after this.