If you’re expecting, congratulations! Parenthood is an amazing journey filled with lots of new challenges and rewards. Equally, it can sometimes feel like a bit of a minefield – especially when it comes to working out what information you need and who to trust.
To help, we’ve done some research to find out the top 10 questions that expectant parents are asking right now, and provided some useful answers.
When Do Pregnancy Cravings Start?
Pregnancy cravings are different for every woman, but they typically start in the first trimester. Some women have very specific cravings for certain foods, while others just feel like they want to eat more often than usual. If you’re experiencing cravings, try to satisfy them with healthy snacks and meals rather than sugary or fatty foods.
How Can I Avoid Stretch Marks?
Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to prevent stretch marks. However, keeping your skin moisturised may help to reduce your risk. Apply a hydrating body lotion or oil every day, and make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
When Will I Start To Feel My Baby Move?
Most women feel their babies move for the first time between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. If this is your first pregnancy, you may not feel movement until a little later. Once you do start feeling movement, it’s usually most noticeable when you’re lying down in bed or sitting quietly.
Is It Normal To Feel Anxious About Labour?
It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious about labour, especially if you’re a first-time parent. To help ease your anxiety, try reading up on what to expect during labour and birth, and talk to your midwife or doctor about any concerns you have. You could also join a childbirth class to help you feel more prepared.
When Should I Think About Childbirth Classes?
If you’re interested in taking a childbirth class, most providers recommend booking a place between 28 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. This will give you enough time to complete the course, but not so early that the information becomes outdated
What’s Best – A Moses Basket Or Crib?
This is entirely a matter of personal preference. Some parents prefer Moses baskets because they’re smaller and more portable, while others find that cribs provide a more comfortable sleeping environment for their baby. Moses baskets and cribs are both safe for babies to sleep in, so it’s really up to you to decide what’s best for your family.
When Should I Start Preparing The Baby’s Nursery?
There’s no rush to start preparing the nursery – some parents leave it until the last few weeks of pregnancy, while others like to get everything sorted well in advance. If you’re planning to do some painting or decorating, it’s best to wait until after your baby is born, as the fumes can be harmful.
What Will I Need To Buy For My Baby?
Again, there is no definitive list of must-have items for a new baby. However, there are some essential items that most parents need, such as nappies, wipes, bottles, and clothes. You might also consider buying a few nice-to-haves, such as a bouncer seat or baby swing.
What’s the Best Way To Cope With Sleep Deprivation?
Sleep deprivation is a common issue for new parents, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. However, a few things may help, such as taking turns to get up with your partner during the night, sleeping when your baby sleeps and getting help from family and friends.
What Is A Birth Plan?
A birth plan is a document that outlines your preferences for labour and birth. It can include things like your preferred pain relief options, who you would like to be present during the birth, and specifics like the music you might like playing or aromatherapy you might want to use.
Good Luck & You’ll Do Great!
Congratulations on your upcoming new arrival! No matter what your individual situation is, remember that you’ll be a great parent. Millions of women have given birth before, and you can do it too. Trust your instincts, and don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed.