Making the Most out of your Maternity Leave

When you are expecting, whether it is your first baby or your forth, it can be hard to make the most out of the time you have on hand. From relaxation to getting everything together on time, many mothers find that both the last few weeks and the first few weeks of expecting are the hardest of all. Let’s take a look at what you can do to get the most out of this all important time frame.

Create a nursery

You may feel that this is a big task, but once you have some free time before the birth of your baby, get their nursery together. If your nursery isn’t a traditional room, but simply a cot in yours, make sure to collate everything you need for the baby to sleep into that space. Having a dedicated area can make all of the difference once the baby comes along – and it can help you to define bath and bed times too, helping you to build an all important routine.

Define your eligibility

Doing paperwork can be daunting, but knowing exactly what you are and aren’t eligible for can give you peace of mind – and a range of added benefits. For example, did you know that it is mandatory for health insurance providers to offer the means necessary for new mothers to breastfeed? This can include counseling and support, as well as cover the costs of a breast pump.

Contact your insurance provider to see exactly what maternity equipment is that you are entitled to – as well as your healthcare practitioner, as you may need pre-authorization to qualify. Your doctor may have stipulations for your care and the breast pump necessary, so be prepared to have your needs properly catered to. You may not get the breast pump of your dreams, but you will be entitled to a decent machine that will help you to express milk in a safe way – and this really can enhance your experiences with breastfeeding overall.

Take some time out

Once the baby is born, the time that you will be able to set aside will be greatly reduced – so be sure to relax as much as possible beforehand. Simply sitting down to drink a cup of tea in peace can make the world of difference, but if you are lucky enough to have the time to go shopping, visit friends, or even to go to the cinema or a spa; make sure to do so. Transporting and catering to a baby’s needs can be more complicated than you may first think!