You’ve only seen that tiny little person inside of you through blurry images but you know them so well. You love them fiercely. You want the absolute best for them. Well, here are a few things you can do for them right now.
1. Do a first aid course.
It can be scary to think that you’re about to take on responsibility for the life of another human being. I remember feeling terrified that my baby would stop breathing, or choke on something, and I wouldn’t know what to do. Not long before I was due, I did a first-aid course aimed at parents of babies and young children. It definitely made me feel like I was a bit more qualified to be caring for my baby.
"After the first aid course, I felt a lot more equipped to care for my baby." Image via iStock.
2. Get a flu shot.
I get a flu shot every year, and make sure my kids get one too. But it’s even more important to get one if you’re pregnant. Babies under the age of six months can’t be vaccinated against the flu, but they’re particularly vulnerable to it. They’re up to 10 times more likely to be hospitalised with the flu than older kids. The good thing is that if you get vaccinated when you’re pregnant, your baby will be protected for up to six months. Of course, you’ll be protected too. The flu can cause serious complications in pregnant women, including premature labour. Getting a flu shot when pregnant is safe, it’s recommended by health authorities and it’s free. It’s a simple yet valuable thing you can do for your unborn baby.
3. Start writing stuff down.
Kids love hearing stories about themselves, because it makes them feel special. The stories about them begin even before they’re born. Your kids will want to know what nickname you had for them when they were in your tummy, if certain music made them kick a lot, and so on. Get in the habit of writing it all down – in a book, in emails to a newly created account – because if you’re anything like me, once sleep deprivation kicks in, you won’t be able to rely on your memory.