The goal of your fertility journey is to have a healthy baby. You’re pregnant. Now what? Caring for the little person you’ve been waiting on can seem overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. The following parenting advice can help you through your baby’s first year.
Take Care of Yourself
Babies are time consuming and rightfully so. Many new parents reach the end of the day and can’t remember if they’ve taken a shower or used the bathroom. Some of the best parenting advice you can get is to remember to take care of yourself. While getting a good night’s sleep may be out of the question, staying hydrated and remembering to eat can go a long way.
Get Some Sleep
Sleeping all night long may be unobtainable, especially in the beginning. Taking turns with the baby so the other partner can get in some sleep helps to relieve stress. While getting up “together” seems like a good idea, in the end both parents are tired. Try taking shifts in order to balance the workload.
It’s Okay to Ask for Help
One mistake all parents make is to try to do everything on their own. It’s okay to ask for help. In fact, asking for help and giving yourself a break is good for you and your baby. Even if it is just asking a friend to sit with your baby while you take a long shower or a nap, it’s okay to use your support group. That’s what they’re there for.
Not All Parenting Advice Is Good Advice
You are best equipped to determine what is best for your baby. And while your friends and family may have experience with their own children, you are the best advocate for your child. It’s perfectly alright to get advice and to choose to go in a different direction. It’s also perfectly okay to decline advice.
Are you looking for help starting the family you’ve been dreaming of? New Hope Fertility Center offers a number of treatment protocols for couples that have been unable to conceive on their own. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank you.