When you become pregnant, whether with your first child or a subsequent one, life changes.
You are called upon to meet the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of a new life. Both of you, mother and father-to-be, want to feel prepared for this challenge.
Don’t wait until after the birth to care for this child. Parenting really begins as soon as you conceive. Luckily, childbirth doesn’t take place 24 hours or even a week after conception. Who’d be ready?
As fortune has it, we get nine months to make adjustments, preparations, and decisions and create visions for our larger family. These nine months are the grace period before we become parents. You get time to prepare for this new life.
Birth preparation doesn’t usually happen throughout pregnancy because the inspiration to do so doesn’t naturally exist. In early pregnancy, the birth seems quite far away. But, sometime around 24 weeks, as the belly gets bigger, the mind and body turn toward this one huge event. The birth begins to look like the day of reckoning. Boy, is that accurate.
After 24 weeks, the speed of pregnancy suddenly picks up and goes by very quickly. There is a direct correlation between the bigger belly and greater motivation to plan for the birth. This is Nature’s way of getting you ready to both give birth and become a parent. This means that, from about the 24th week, you have a window of opportunity to prepare specifically for birth.
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