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Get Set - And Go For Delivery

Are you past your 32nd week of pregnancy? The countdown has begun. Well, it is high time that you start preparing yourself for delivery and the new life that is about to enter your world. There are just so many things to do. Where does one begin?

 You can start by cutting down on work by delegating responsibilities. Your body is doing enough work as it is in creating and supporting this new life and needs as much rest as it can get. So it is most important to get organized and start looking forward to your maternity leave. Where housework is concerned, make sure you get ample help from your husband or some close friends or relatives. In fact, you should start stocking your freezer, as you might not be able to get around too much after this. Also, you should have the necessary stores for the week or two after you are discharged from the hospital. 

 Is the nursery ready to welcome the baby? Well, you must see that it is neat, clean, warm and friendly so that the baby is comfortable in his new surroundings. The room that you choose should be airy with a lot of natural light. Ofcourse, you may choose colourful curtains and cute wallpapers. But most importantly the sheets should be fresh and hygienic and brand new. Hopefully by now, your entire baby shopping should have been completed and your nappies and bibs in the right place. Do take care of all the details. 

The next question is - are your bags packed and ready to go to the hospital?  Not many first - time mothers are aware of the first warning signs of labour. And so one should always be ready, because once the pains start it is just not possible to go around packing your things with a calm frame of mind. You would most likely forget something important and go into a panic, which would only serve to make a painful situation much worse.

 This is also a good time to read up everything you can on bringing up a baby. Talk to friends and relatives who are only too willing to give you advice and pick up all the tips that you can on child rearing as well as mothercare. Believe me, you will need as much care as the baby will after the ordeal of childbirth.

On a lighter note, have as much fun as you can as these could well be a few of your last days of freedom for a long, long time. Visit friends or go to the theatre. Do whatever you find most fun and relaxing. Have a ball, before your life changes beyond recognition.

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