You may feel a mixture of excitement and apprehension as you approach the end of your pregnancy. The third trimester is often a time of emotional and physical challenges, even for women who had sailed through the previous months. Being prepared for your delivery and to take your new baby home will help make sure you have a confident transition for your new family.
Pack Your Bags and Take a Tour
Check that everything you might need at the hospital is packed. Include supplies you and your partner may need during labor
Car Seat Safety
Make sure you get a car seat before the big day. Car seats come with lots of bells and whistles and at times can be difficult to install properly. Texas Health Resources’ child passenger safety technicians can assist you in accurately installing the car seat in a free car-seat check.
To schedule a free check at the nearest location to you, call 1-877-THR-WELL.
Preparing Your Partner
Men can and should share in the pregnancy experience as much as possible. Sometimes, because the woman is carrying the baby and experiencing all the physical changes, a man can feel left out. It is important for couples to share their excitement as well as work together through any anxieties that might develop.
Sign up for Classes
If you haven’t already, signup for any last minute education classes in childbirth or parenting education. Classes offered vary from hospital to hospital, but may include:
- Prepared childbirth
- Natural childbirth
- Basics in baby care
- Breastfeeding basics
- Prenatal fitness and yoga
- Online childbirth education and breastfeeding classes
Find upcoming classes at a hosptial near you.
Source: A.D.A.M. Health Encyclopedia