12 Things I Wish I Had Done Before Giving Birth

Giving Birth


12 Things I Should Have Done Before Giving Birth

Remember a time where if you wanted to you could just do NOTHING? Nah? Me neither. If you know me personally, you know I’m a procrastinator to a T.  I like to have a deadline I suppose, get that adrenaline going or I’m just lazy.

I waited and waited to get things done when I was pregnant and some of them I’m still working on until this day.

Here’s a little list I’ve compiled for some of the things I should have done. Maybe you’re in the same boat and these will you give an idea of what to expect if you wait until the last minute.

12 Things I Should Have Done Before Giving Birth

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    1. Packed my hospital bag early, I don’t mean early 3 months before, have your bag sitting by the front door kinda thing, I mean at least a week before my due date.
    2. Picked out my son’s name sooner.  Again, I waited until I had no other choice  (Kid is coming in a day or so) Extra bummer for not giving him the name I wanted.
    3. Found out exactly what happens with your baby at the hospital.  I had no idea about eye drops, vitamin K shots and whatever else they did to my little one without my consent.  It’s all “routine” stuff that I wish I had known ahead of time.  I would have researched it and would have been able to say yes or no to it.  It is your choice! You can decline or accept anything.
    4. My birth plan. This one I did do, but with how my labor progressed I did not bring it with me.    If I had packed my hospital bag earlier, I would have been able to put it in there.  ( I have no clue where it is by the way)

      Related: My birth story here.

    5. Finished my little boy’s room. Albeit he’s never slept a day in there, I still would have liked it to be ready prior to his arrival. But this one I let it slide, we did move into our house when I was 8 months pregnant.  I was huge and tired.  There were a lot of things that didn’t get done because of my umm “condition”, which brings up number 6.
    6. Not move in my 8th month of pregnancy. That’s all that needs to be said about that.
    7. Discussed “what if’s” possibilities with my OB/GYN. I had no issues during pregnancy. I didn’t have any nausea, any “I want/need to eat that”, I was sleepy for maybe 1 day in my first trimester, the only issue I had was in my third trimester where my weight was a little too much for my narrow skinny feet. It would be a little painful to be up for longer than 5 minutes. I never even looked into a c-section, all I knew is that I did not want one because I’m terrified of surgery and I knew recovery sucks.
    8. Not have worked up until my last day.  I don’t know why I chose to just ride it out. I guess because I didn’t have any issues and I sat all day at work I didn’t feel the need to take my maternity leave earlier.  My last day was on a Friday.  The weekend came along and Sunday night I started going into labor.
    9. Read up on what to do when the baby is actually here.  I read a lot! I still do.  I think that’s pretty much the bulk of what I do.  I do a lot of searches of what to do now, why is this happening, what is this red thing, white thing, how do I clean his teeth, etc… you get the drift. It’s just constant reading. There’s SO much stuff to learn and find out about.
    10. Spent some more time doing things for myself.  After I got pregnant, everything was for or about the baby.  Now, I miss pretty much everything.  You realize how much of your time is actually needed and when you do have time for yourself, all you wanna do is chill.  No one is crying, no one wants to be held, you don’t have to constantly be playing the entertainer.  You just want quiet time.  People!! Bedtime is a wonderful thing, but I do miss him when he’s sleeping.
    11. Solidified friendships. Either I’m a bad friend (which is a possibility) or people these days are just too into their little bubble. Until this day, no one has ever offered to watch my baby for me to just take some time to myself.  That says a lot about the people that I have around me or maybe I need to pay attention more, although you can’t really expect a first-time mom to put her friendships as a priority when bathing is still an option. LOL.
    12. RELAXED! I did not learn how to do that, I was constantly moving on to the next task. Now I wish I had.  I did get a prenatal massage.  But truth is, I really need one now.
How about you? What can you add to this list? I’d love to know I’m not alone in this.

Thanks for reading!


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8 thoughts on “12 Things I Wish I Had Done Before Giving Birth”

  1. You're not! Couple of days ago I was talking about how I miss the baby-free days. I was really active, independent and had sooooo much time to do whatever I felt like doing. It's not that I don't love her or that I wish she wasn't here it's just that some days you miss those selfish days. Read a lot of moms talking about that! It's totally normal! I wish I hadn't moved as well and that I had finished her room! 🙂 oh well!!! A gente aprende todo dia né… I would babysit for you if i could!!! E prometo que não deixaria chorar :-))) bom fim de semana!! Bjs!

  2. Great post! I was on bed rest for the last 2 months of my pregnancy and I went a little stir-crazy. With my daughter though, we had already started talking about possible names before we found out the gender (and funny enough, we were only considering girl names at first!)

  3. This is such a great list! One thing we did that I HIGHLY recommend and something you mentioned wishing you did was took a birthing course at the hospital. It was a 3 month course weekly and they went over everything from contractions to birthing plans to what happens with you and baby at the hospital. I felt so ready! I can definitely relate to the friendships piece. Most of my friends don't have kids yet and those that do, have family here to babysit even last minute. I don't have that so when they call and say "hey let's grab lunch right now" and I can't because the baby is napping or hungry..it feels yucky. Great list here!!

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