If you're single and expecting a baby, there are some extra issues to consider. For example... Choose a non-judgmental prenatal...
If you're single and expecting a baby, there are some extra issues to consider. For example... Choose a non-judgmental prenatal provider - having a baby is a huge deal. It's exciting, special, and something you shouldn't compromise on. If your health care provider is being fussy or difficult simply due to your couple status, drop that provider. There are plenty of open minded prenatal providers out there. Get your finances in order - having a baby is expensive for couples. Having a baby as a single parent doubles your burden. Unless you happen to be wealthy already, plan smart. Cut expenses where you can, consider how you're going to be able to afford maternity leave on your own, and make sure you know what tax breaks you qualify for. Make a dad plan - if you're connected with the father of you baby, make sure you include him in some of the planning. Decide what role both you and the dad are comfortable with. How often will he see your baby, will he be paying child support, and what about last names. Make sure that you understand how paternity papers work and try to stay chill. NOT always easy; trust me, I know, but in the long run, unless the situation is violent, you and the father getting along and communicating, at least somewhat, is better for your baby. Have a birth and home plan - a birth doula can be an invaluable resource for any pregnant mama, but even more so for a single mama. A doula can be an amazing asset during your labor and birth and a postpartum doula can help you out at home after the birth. If doulas aren't your deal, have a pal you adore help you through labor. As for the home coming, you'll want to have some extra support lined up. It's VERY hard to be a new parent when there is a couple involved. Being a new single parent is harder still and can result in major sleep deprivation. That's not healthy for you or your baby. Plan on getting extra help from family and friends. Next up a look at some emotional issues of single mama-hood. Are you a single mama expecting a baby? What are you doing to prepare?

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