Pregnancy is a challenging endeavor. From appointments to short-term and long-term planning – there is so much to do and a lot to look forward to in pregnancy. Going through pregnancy as a single woman may seem extremely daunting. But, it doesn’t have to be. This article provides some excellent tips for pregnant women who are doing it on their own.
14 Put Together A Support System
A partner is not the only person who can provide support during your pregnancy. Think about the important people in your life who have been there for you during your most challenging times. Those are the people you will be able to depend on during your pregnancy. Make a list with their names, contact information, and schedule, and keep that with you for emergencies and for anytime you need to emotional support.
13 Seek Out Other Single Mothers
The best way to learn about what you are getting into as a single mother is by talking to those who have also been there. There are networks of single mothers who get together and share their struggles and triumphs. They offer each other advice and resources. If you go online and search for single mothers networks in your community, you are bound to find a group that is right for you.
12 Elect A Birthing Partner
A birthing partner is someone you can trust during the birth of your child. It can be anyone in your life that you would like with you for support. Your birthing partner can be a friend or a family member. You may decide to choose the person who has been there for most of your pregnancy ups and downs. Whoever you choose, ensure that it is someone that you know will make a positive impact on you and your child’s life.
11 Focus On You And Your Baby
A great way to stay positive is to focus on you and your baby. Do activities that will make you and your baby happy. For example, you can go for evening walks, go swimming, take an art class, or a prenatal yoga class. Think of it as a great way to bond with your baby.
10 Talk To Experts
You may have a lot of questions that your support system may not be able to answer. Go in for routine check-ups and ask your doctor any and all questions regarding your pregnancy. It is best to keep up to date on the ins and outs of your pregnancy. Midwives are a great resource during your pregnancy as well. They are able to come to your home to do your check-ups and they are available for on-call visits.
9 Become An Expert On Your Pregnancy
Taking the time to read up on pregnancy issues and what to expect during and after the birth will give you more confidence. There are many resources online that you can read. Your local library is also a great resource.
8 Celebrate Milestones
Don’t forget to celebrate the precious moments that happen during your pregnancy. Keep a journal or a video diary of all the delightful milestones, like the first time the baby kicks, or when you find out the gender of the baby. Celebrating these milestones will help you stay positive and encourage you to look forward to what’s to come.
7 Attend Childbirth Classes
You don’t need a spouse to attend childbirth classes. You can attend them on your own, with your elected birthing partner, or someone you trust. Childbirth classes will prepare you for the birthing process by showing you how to give birth effectively and what to expect.
6 Research Child Care Options
It is important to start planning your options for childcare. Decide if you want to have a friend or family watch your child when you need to go out and run your errands or take some you-time. You might want to ask around your community for the best babysitter in town, and get to know them before the baby comes. It is important that you find someone that you feel comfortable with.
5 Focus On Your Health
It is easy to get wound up in the absence of a life partner. For some people, this can create anxiety and stress which is detrimental to your health. Channel your energy towards positive thinking. Take care of yourself by focusing on staying fit and healthy.
The healthier you are, the better it is for you and the baby. Try new and exciting recipes that are apt to up your health in your pregnancy, or join prenatal exercise classes. Keep yourself focused on the goal – making sure you are healthy mom and baby.
4 Find Perspective
Sometimes we tend to lose perspective by looking at all the negative in the situation. There will be moments when you may start to think that you can’t do it. When that happens, train your mind to think about other situations that you thought you couldn’t conquer, but did. Think about all the great things you will face with this baby.
3 Go On An Adventure
When the baby comes, you will experience many adventures together. But, before the baby comes, you will have the chance to go on one more adventure on your own. This is usually called a ‘babymoon’. You don’t have to travel far. Your adventure can be as big or as small as you want, as long as you are celebrating you.
2 Accept Help
Being a single mother may entice you to want to prove that you can do it on your own. But, don’t shy away from those who want to help you. Accepting help doesn’t mean you aren’t strong. The fact of the matter is, we all need help. To make life easier for you, accept help from others.
1 Believe In Yourself
Having the right attitude and the right mindset will take you very far. In challenging situations, such as this, you will need your inner strength above all else. Remind yourself every day that you have what it takes to be a great, single mother.