Having a baby is a life changing event, one that needs plenty of planning. But how do you really know what to expect, when you're expecting?
Sara Getty has just four weeks left until her little bundle of joy is finally here.
"Yes we're ready! Ready to have her here and be done!" Said Getty.
While it's been a long eight months of pregnancy, Sara says she and her husband started planning for a family long before.
"I took into account more what I was putting into my body and focus more on healthy living and started taking prenatal vitamins and doing the things to help better prepare my body for the baby." Said Getty.
The Getty's have a plan, but with this being their first pregnancy, they don't fully know what to expect.
"People feel like it's just something that comes along and you should know what to do and what to expect but that's not the case so we want to make sure that people feel like they have access to resources that can answer some of those questions and concerns." Said Dr. Amal Salama, Sara's obstetrician.
The doctors and nurses at Avera Mckennan Women's Center are always ready and willing to help coach new parents. Whether it's through counseling or identifying the do's and don't's, it's these necessary steps that help make sure mom and baby are as healthy as can be.
"It's probably the most important thing you can do considering that it's so many things are out of our control the things that we can't control and the earlier that you initiate some of the steps it's the best thing that you can do to help ensure that you have a healthy safe pregnancy." Said Dr. Salama.
There are plenty of unknowns when it comes to your first pregnancy and workshops like the "Maybe a Baby" event can help calm a few fears.
"It kind of helped guide us through the financial information and healthcare information which we had a better understanding of what we needed to change in our healthcare and just kind of made us feel at ease knowing what to expect because there's a lot of unknowns." Said Getty.
Books and the Internet offer plenty of information, but Dr. Salama says they should be taken with a grain of salt. For Sara, getting the information from a doctor she knows personally, she can trust that it is what's best for her and her daughter.
"My doctor has been really great she's really been a support system for me other than my husband and family and I feel like she's really helped me prepare not only my body but providing me with information about what's changing in my body and how to take care of myself and really ensure that I'm doing what I can to make a good home for baby." Said Getty.
With her pre-natal health ready to go, Sara can focus on more important things like what color paint to use in the nursery.
"You know were just getting everything ready and her room and we're starting to get to that point where we're ready to hold her so we're looking forward to the last few weeks and just plan as much as we can." Said Getty.
There's still time to sign up for the upcoming maybe a baby event. It will be held at the Avera McKennan Women's Center this Tuesday night from 6:30-8:30pm.
For more information or to register online click here or just call 877-AT-AVERA.