Preparing for Your Baby

Things You Need To Do Before Giving Birth

Your tummy is growing by the minute and you haven’t seen your feet in a while. Sleeping comfortably is impossible and those pregnancy cravings have got you eating ice-cream and pickles in the middle of the night. But the ultrasound finally looks like a mini-human and you might even have found out whether your baby is a boy or girl.

Welcome to your third trimester! It can be confusing and scary, but it’s also the most exciting and suspenseful time of your pregnancy. The best part? At the end of this trimester, you get to take your sweet baby home.

However, now is also time to plan for the birth and everything that comes afterwards. With everything that needs to be done, we’ve put together a list of things to consider before you welcome your little darling into the world:

The Admin:

  • Remember to pre-register your pregnancy with us
  • Book a bed in your chosen hospital
  • Settle any fees that need to be paid before going into hospital approximately 4 weeks before your due date
  • Make sure all the forms you need for hospital admittance are completed
  • Write out your birth plan, including your decision on the harvesting of your baby’s stem cells
  • Stock the medicine cabinet. Find out what you need on our First Aid Kit shopping list
  • Choose a paediatrician
  • Stock the freezer – shopping is the last thing you’re going to want to do when you get home with your baby
  • Have your house cleaned thoroughly 

For Mom:

  • Read as much information as you can about labour, delivery, and baby care. This will help ease your anxieties and prepare you for the events ahead
  • Read up on baby care
  • Pack your bag (and get your partner to pack his too) for the hospital at least two weeks before your due date — remember to include your medical aid card, toiletries, comfy clothing, a going-home outfit for your baby, phone (plus charger!), snacks, camera, nappies and wipes
  • Start finding baby name inspiration
  • If you’re planning on breastfeeding, remember to buy or borrow a few nursing tops and nightgowns, and think about investing in a few nursing bras

For Dad:

  • Map the best route to the hospital/birthing centre
  • Pre-programme important numbers into your phone
  • If you have other children, arrange for childcare during the birth
  • Make a list of family and friends to notify when baby is born
  • Join your partner in any birthing and ante-natal classes she might be attending
  • You should also pack a bag for the hospital — remember to include comfy clothing, toiletries, phone (plus charger), snacks and camera (with extra batteries)

For Baby:

  • Buy or borrow basic baby gear and clothes
  • Wash baby’s linens and clothes. Wash just enough baby clothes for the first few days – you may want to exchange some of those tiny newborn outfits
  • Do a home safety check and set up a safe place for your baby to sleep
  • Start setting up the nursery and stock up on nappies, wipes, formula, etc
  • Install a baby seat in your car — the hospital won’t let you go home unless you have one

Bestmed’s Maternity Care programme is tailor-made to help new moms and dads through the entire pregnancy by offering support and sound advice. From professional medical advice, helpful advice on pregnancy and parenting, a welcome pack and ongoing support from start to finish, Bestmed is here to make sure you enjoy this entire experience.

For more information on the Bestmed Maternity Care Programme, visit our website, call us on 0860 002 378 or email us at service@bestmed.co.za.

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