Hello my name is Britany! I am expecting my very first baby in june and I have to say I am a little terrified. Ive never really been around children before since I was an only child and never babysat. Ive never even held a baby. I have no idea what Ive gotten myself into lol. When is the best time to start taking parenting/child birth classes? (im six weeks now) and where would I find them? Also any advice from second time moms? Anything you wish you would have known your first time around?
Hi! I'm Angie. First of all, congratulations! I am pregnant with my second child right now. When I was pregnant with my first, I felt the exact same way you felt. I was terrified because I didn't know what I was doing. I never changed a diaper before or babysat a baby, but believe me it will come over time, just prepare yourself! Look up those classes online in your area, I am sure there is something, just call them and make sure you find out if they take your insurance. Secondly, take everything one day at a time, you have a long way to go before you bring baby home, so give yourself a break! Thirdly, rub lotion on your tummy EVERYDAY, otherwise you will get a lot of stretchmarks but if you use lotion everyday, that won't happen. Congrats again! Enjoy your pregnancy! I'm 6 weeks also
Hi Britany! What an exciting and overwhelming time! In my experience the best time frame is around 32 weeks- 35 weeks. This way it's still fresh in your memory. If your hospital has a once a week for a few weeks program, those are great because you can meet other moms around your due date. A hospital tour is also a biggie that I loved doing- usually included in a hospital birth class. I just loved going through and knowing what to expect (sort of) ahead of time.
It is a little ways away, but my biggest advice for a hospital bag is sample soap.shampoo.condition (especially fancy kind to pamper yourself after you give birth). ALSO fill your bag with the leftover diapers/soaps in the baby basket at the hospital before you leave. Enjoy this time, even though it sucks. I hope you are doing well! xo kaitlin