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  • Relax and stay calm during pregnancy. If the mother gets worked up and stressed out, the baby will also feel that angst and anxiety. The father-to-be must also keep his cool; while he cannot directly affect the baby, his actions will affect the mother and the baby by extension.
  • Buy a book about pregnancy and parenthood. One of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby is to get familiar with everything that will happen, such as how your body will change, emotional changes and the steps of the birthing process.
  • Be aware of foods you should avoid while pregnant. These foods include hot dogs, deli meat, shrimp, lobster, soft cheeses, alcohol and caffeine. You are now eating to nourish your body and to make sure that the small fetus inside of you gets proper nutrition as well. This means consuming more fruits and vegetables, drinking a lot of water, eating a balanced diet and taking pre-natal vitamins.
  • Create a space for the new baby. It is a good idea to give the baby her own room and the room should include a crib, a changing area, a rocking chair and some toys. You can also add extras and spruce up the room with baby art and decorations.
  • Mentally prepare yourself for the task at hand. last all day for months!), the alterations in your lifestyle, the changes in your weekend routine, the inevitable pain that lies ahead and the way your life will dramatically change forever after that big day not too far ahead in the future. Mentally prepare yourself for everything and make sure you are ready when you make the choice to embark on the wonderful, beautiful journey of having your first child.