Having your Baby at Kapiolani (June 2019) - Page 8
Tips to Prepare for Baby (for Mom/Partner)
First Trimester Second Trimester
• BOTH: Are you ready for this? It’s normal for you both to be
nervous and scared, and to wonder if you are really ready.
Talk about your feelings together. • BOTH: Mom – you probably want to go to every baby store
there is on island. Partner – it’s important that you be a part of
getting ready for your baby too.
• PARTNER: This is your pregnancy, too! Mom is going to
need your help. Don’t think that just because the baby is
inside her that there’s nothing for you to do. • BOTH: The most important thing you need to buy for your
baby is a car seat. Make sure the car seat fits in your car,
and that the seat belts will securely hold the car seat. Check
that it is certified to be used in a car and isn’t just a baby
carrier. Have your car seat checked by a car seat technician at
Kapi‘olani. To make an appointment call 527-2588. For other
car seat inspection stations, visit kipchawaii.org.
• MOM: Symptoms of pregnancy may start to appear. This
might include morning sickness, weight gain and heartburn.
It’s a good idea to drink lots of water, eat healthy food and
• PARTNER: You can help by doing activities with her and
by helping out around the house when she is tired.
• BOTH: Stop any bad habits: drinking alcohol, smoking or
using drugs. It will be easier if you quit together.
• BOTH: Start talking to your baby. Your baby can hear and
will learn to recognize both of your voices long before he
or she is born.
• MOM: Changes in hormones may cause you to be more
emotional than usual. This is completely normal.
• PARTNER: Emotions are not “in her head.” She also does
not have much control over how she feels. Be extra under-
standing and support her.
• BOTH: It’s very important to go to childbirth classes
together. Both of you will be a big part of the labor and
• BOTH: Keep talking, singing and reading to your baby.
Your baby will recognize your voice when born.
• BOTH: The big day is almost here!
• PARTNER: Mom will need lots of support and reassurance.
Remind her how beautiful she is. Tell her how great you feel
to see her belly grow bigger with your baby. Place your hand
on her belly often to feel your baby moving.
• BOTH: Keep talking to your baby. Your baby can hear every-
thing you say, and will recognize both of your voices when he
or she is born.
• BOTH: Don’t miss any prenatal care check-ups.
• BOTH: Attend childbirth classes together.
• BOTH: Talk about names for your baby.
• PARTNER: Plan on being in the delivery room when your baby
is born. Mom needs you there. If you’re worried, talk to her
about your concerns.