11 Important Decisions to Make During Pregnancy

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Who Can Visit and Help After the Baby Arrives?


Who would you like to come see your baby right after she or he arrives? And when would you like them to come? If a hospital visit from your in-laws in the hours after you give birth cues the theme song of Halloween in your head, discuss some reasonable visitation plans with your partner so that you both feel comfortable during your first hours — and days and weeks — as parents. As your due date approaches, share your wishes with your friends and family, even if it's hard to lay some ground rules. But keep an open mind about visitors, and line up as much help as you can for your first days and weeks at home. You might be surprised by how much help you need and how much a friendly face can cheer you up as you adjust to new motherhood.

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