Congratulations, you’re expecting! There’s no greater joy in life than having your first baby but if you are single or recently divorced, you may be worried about what your future looks like.
The good news is that with proper planning and the right supports in place, you can reduce your worries about raising your child.
Setting Up For Success
You may have been told that you’re going to be a good mom but between the overwhelming information you’ve received, the hormones coursing through you, and the doubts that every new mom feels, you may have a hard time believing it. To be successful, you’ll need to learn to rise above your doubts. Planning well can help you be successful.
Two important considerations you must plan, according to Parents.com, are:
- Ask yourself if you are up to the challenge. Becoming a new parent is difficult for anyone so don’t pretend this will be easy. Read the truth about being a single mom over at The Bump. They advise taking life one step at a time. For now, just concentrate on having a healthy baby.
- Can you support yourself and your child? Whether or not you are expecting child support, you should set a goal of being able to support your child on your own. Once your baby is born, you can start to plan for his or her future with these suggestions from The New Savvy.
Get The Support You Need
It’s important to get the best support that you can find. That, of course, includes family, friends, and loved ones and the best healthcare options. However, there is nothing like the camaraderie and support you will get when you network with other single moms. Look to your local faith or advocacy groups to find a support group. You can also try the Single Mothers By Choice website.
Next, you need to choose the right obstetrician. Mommy’s Memorandum advises finding one that has a lot of experience birthing healthy babies among their tips. Keep in mind that you may need a high-risk specialist and other health care providers if you are over the age of 35 or have health conditions that can impact pregnancy. The right team will keep you safe through this process.
You should also secure reliable childcare ahead of time. If you are lucky enough to have a family member to help you, be sure to have a backup plan for when that person gets sick or is no longer able to help. Check out these five steps to find reliable childcare in your neighborhood from MuchMostDarling.com.
Babyproofing Your Home
It’s never too soon to start babyproofing your home. As you get closer to your due date, you are going to be busier than ever with doctor visits and setting up your nursery. Now is the time to protect your home for when your baby crawls. Some things you’ll need in advance include:
- Electrical outlet covers.
- Childproof locks and window guards.
- Baby gates, which are especially crucial if you have stairs.
- Edge and corner guards if you have coffee tables with sharp edges.
Discover everything you need to keep your baby safe up to 16 months old at MamaNatural.com.
Preparing For Postpartum
Labor and delivery will be a whirlwind and, before you know it, you will be home with your little one. This is an important time for women. It’s crucial that while you are bonding with your child, you continue to get the care and support you need, including taking time for yourself and getting out of the house!
A good way to do this is to plan for your postpartum needs. Read this post on how to do that and download the printable worksheet at The Motherhood.
Single motherhood can be a joyful, amazing experience. Be sure to be well prepared for the journey with these tips.