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10 Simple Ways to Prepare for Motherhood (As a First Time Mom!)

Becoming a mom is one of the most precious and challenging journeys in a woman’s life and preparing for motherhood is an important step most moms-to-be hope to learn about as they get ready to have their first child.

While it is true that some things you won’t learn until you live through those particular experiences, there are many other things you can learn ahead of that that can prepare you to become a mom.

So, if you are a mom-to-be, here are 10 simple and practical ways to help you prepare to become a mom.

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1. Surround Yourself with Other Moms 

Having a strong support system is imperative in surviving motherhood. Especially in the early newborn days when you are sleep-deprived, talking to other adults seems more of a luxury than normalcy.

No one will understand you more and be able to help you more, than other moms. So find a mom pack and stick to it.

Family, friends, local moms groups, moms at church, Facebook Groups for Moms, etc.

2. Get Organized

Another thing that will help you immensely in preparing for motherhood is getting organized. Nothing will spin things upside down more like having a child. So ensure you stay organized and have a plan in place to deal with the demands of the day-to-day.

Examples of this may include decluttering and organizing around the house, managing and keeping track of your finances, filing and organizing important paperwork, and creating a daily/weekly/monthly schedule.

You get the idea—simplify your life by creating a plan and organizing your work before the baby comes.

A great resource is the Printable Homes Management Binder.

3. Focus on your Health 

Another important part of preparing for motherhood is working on being as healthy as you can be.

I am not only talking about physical health but also, mental and emotional help.

Once your child comes into the world, all of your time and energy will be poured into that child. So it is a great idea to focus on your health and be in the best shape you can be (mentally and physically) before the baby comes.

4. Take Time for Yourself

Another great way to prepare for motherhood is to find time to invest in yourself.

Is there a book you want to read? Movies you want to watch? Do it! Now!

When the baby comes it will become much harder to find time for yourself. So take this time to dedicate some time for yourself and the things you want to do.

Knowing what I know now if I were to be preparing for motherhood, I would:

  • Get a weekly massage
  • Take afternoon naps
  • Go on weekend getaways
  • Travel
  • Read more books

5. Make a Plan

Although there are many parts of your motherhood journey that will turn out to be completely unpredictable, coming into it with some sort of plan is always a good idea.

Consider some of these questions to put things in perspective:

  • Will I need childcare?
  • How long will my employer allow me to take off?
  • When will I return back to work?
  • Will I be starting an education fund?

6. Take Parenting Classes

One of the best things you can do to prepare for motherhood, especially as a new mom, is to take some parenting classes.

Prenatal and Childbirth classes in particular are extremely beneficial in helping you prepare for labor.

When it comes to parenting and motherhood there are several courses you can take online and several books that will help give you a great jumpstart.

Another wonderful course is Mastering Medical Emergencies for Moms by Shannon Tripp. It is comprised of easy-to-understand video instruction, downloadable PDF guides, and audio downloads, designed to will help you feel confident knowing what to do when your kids get sick or injured.

7. Spend Time with Your Husband 

Needless to say, motherhood comes with a full plate of responsibilities. Oftentimes times that can take a toll on any relationship.

When the baby comes you will soon realize how difficult finding time alone can become.

No wonder “babymoons” have become so popular in the last few years. A babymoon is a short trip or vacation taken by a couple just before the baby arrives.

So, as you prepare for motherhood, even if it isn’t a babymoon, don’t forget to make it a priority to spend time with your significant other.

8. Prepare for Birth

Your motherhood journey starts the minute you go into labor. So getting ready for labor and delivery is a very smart choice.

The more you know about the birthing process the more prepared you’ll be.

You can read all about the 5 Best Childbirth Courses, here.

9. Prepare for Baby

Much like preparing for childbirth, preparing for a baby is also an important aspect of getting ready for motherhood.

It can feel a bit overwhelming to think that a new baby will come into the world that you will be solely responsible for. In addition to all that we need to learn about other aspects of their care, such as newborn care, breastfeeding, and surviving the newborn stage!

10. Believe in yourself and trust your instincts 

I know this will come slowly as you are well into your motherhood days and you have spent enough time in the “field.”

But, I think is worth noting that you, my friend, are capable of more than you know.

Believe in yourself, forgive yourself, and be patient with yourself. Some things will come extremely easily and naturally, but other things will take time to practice.

Trust your instinct and follow your intuition—yes, there is such a thing.

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In Summary

Motherhood is a precious and ever-changing roller coaster ride full of surprises and adventures.

While no one can help you fully prepare for your motherhood journey, there are plenty of things you can do to give you a head start.

It is my hope some of the aforementioned suggestions are a blessing to you as you prepare to become a mom.

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