Mums, you do not want to forget about this…
I am pregnant with my third child and you know what I’ve learnt since my first? That no matter how organised you are, you’re always going to forget something. You just need to make sure that what you do forget isn’t something that might cost you a lot of money later.
In 2011 I was the same as every other expectant mother: filled with hope, excitement, anticipation and nerves. But despite this, I felt I was organised.
I looked after my pregnant self. I did aqua aerobics and antenatal classes. I never missed a doctor’s appointment and I kept tabs on my baby’s development via daily inbox updates from various websites (because you can never have too much information, right?). I thought I’d read it all.
When I thought of my baby, I skipped right past the birth part (that’s minor, isn’t it?) and instead pictured myself holding my little bundle all dressed in blue. I scoured the baby shops online and dragged anyone I could find to any baby-related sales on weekends.
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I don’t think I even made it to the 20-week mark before I purchased all those big ticket items like cots, prams and change tables. I wanted to feel settled and ready, and I did. Until I realised that in my excitement to be a super-prepared mum, I had glossed over some pretty significant details that I needed to go through first.
One thing I didn’t give adequate attention to was my health insurance cover. I assumed I needed to update my cover to suit my changing family but I wasn’t aware that I needed to do this 12 months before my baby was born. (Make sure you check with your own health fund to determine whether this is the situation for you – most require you to serve a waiting period of 12 months before you go to hospital for birth). Luckily for me, my current cover included pregnancy. I am sure that others have discovered this fact too late.