Do your research
Knowledge is power, do your research. But realize that you won’t be able to control every aspect of your pregnancy, delivery or being a parent. And when you think you have; fate throws you a curveball (I never envisaged I would have a 32 week term preemie).
Less is more
Get the big items for the future baby first and the basics – you can always add more as you go.
Get ready to go!
Get a hospital bag packed (with basic hygiene products and other essentials) a good 2+ months before your due date.
Watch your baby
He/she knows what she needs better than anyone or any book can tell you. They are also surprisingly resilient.
Routine for baby is very important – but flexible routine even more so. Its ok to deviate sometimes, life is not set in stone and its ok
Make a list of the most important activities for you. And within this, time for yourself and your partner is mandatory, not a luxury