The Conversations You Need to Have -- Before Delivery Day
Your hubby knows you don't want an epidural and that he’s not to post any delivery room photos on Facebook until you've given the stamp of approval... but there's a lot more ground to cover before you bring that baby home. "Talking about the issues that are likely to arise can expose and resolve differences before there’s a blow-up," says Tina B. Tessina, PhD, psychotherapist and author of Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting about the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage. Here, a pre-baby cheat sheet that’ll pave the way for a smooth beginning to your new family. Names You may have guessed this one, but until you start talking about names you have no idea if you're on the same page or not. So before you really set your heart on a specific name, ask hubby for his thoughts on the matter. You’ll also need to discuss any religious or family name considerations. Fortunately, the Internet is crawling with baby-naming resources that you can peruse together. Both of you should make lists of names you really like and names you'd never consider -- and hopefully, those lists will have some overlap. And remember: Nobody says you have to name the baby the second she’s born. You can always "try on" a few different names before leaving the hospital until you find the perfect one.