When it comes to having your first child, it can be a double edged sword. It’s at once joyous and terrifying. Joyous because you and your significant other have created a life to love, terrifying because so many things could go wrong, both during pregnancy and beyond. That being said, the good far outweighs the bad for the most part, and much of the bad can be prevented with simple vigilance and the ability to take action when necessary. Yes, while it can be scary, medical science has all but assured a healthy childhood for your little one, so there’s not too much to worry about. However, that doesn’t mean you get to take it easy. Far from it. Parenting is a full time job. Because, at the end of the day, medical problems can arise, and beyond that, accidents happen. As long as you remain aware and make safe decisions, you and your child will be fine.
Other ways to prepare for having a child are many, many of them are optional, but nonetheless helpful. For example, the age old classic “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is a great reference material when it comes to all matters of pregnancy, so it’s worth a read. Then, there’s lamaze classes, which prepare you for the child’s actual birth. Then, of course, there are a few decisions to be made regarding the birth, itself. One such choice is whether or not to go with a natural birth, the alternative using a painkiller to make the process more bearable for the mother. Many mothers don’t want to take this route, though I would recommend it. Another decision to be made is whether or not to breastfeed the child. There are pros and cons to both breastfeeding and using formula, so you’ll want to do some research. All that’s left is to grab a box of JR Cigars to celebrate.