You picked out his tiny wardrobe. You decorated his room. You might have even chosen a name. These are certainly some of the more enjoyable aspects of having a baby, but they are far from the only activities to check off your to-do list. St. Petersburg General Hospital encourages you and your partner to take advantage of our many prenatal classes that address the following components of preparing for your new arrival.
Creating a Birth Plan
Knowing ahead of time how you would like your labor and delivery to proceed can help the hospital staff better coordinate the birth of your baby. For instance, would you like to attempt a natural birth, or would you prefer to use pain relief medications? Do you want a midwife to help you through the birthing process? These are questions that you and your partner may want to address with your doctor prior to going into labor.
Cultivating Your Health
Labor and delivery is different for each woman who experiences it, but to make sure that your experience is smooth and complication-free, it is important to look after your wellbeing. Maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy can make the delivery process easier. With your doctor’s approval, keeping up with a consistent exercise routine can also strengthen and stretch the muscles that you will need when it is time to push.
Learning Breastfeeding Guidelines
Breastfeeding a wholly natural experience, but not every mother or baby understands how to do it immediately. In some cases, it can become an anxious and frustrating event for both mom and newborn if one or both of them struggle to master it. That is why you may want to sign up for a breastfeeding course and learn the basics of this process to ensure a smooth feeding process once your baby arrives.
Let St. Petersburg General Hospital help you enjoy a happy and healthy pregnancy and birth. To schedule a tour of our birthing center, call (727) 384-1414. You can also contact our St. Petersburg facility to add your name to the list for any of our pregnancy, prepared birth, breastfeeding, newborn care, or infant and child CPR classes.