There is nothing more life-changing for a woman than bringing a new life into the world. Having a baby is an endless commitment, one that is fuelled by hope, passion, and most importantly, eternal love. Regardless of the circumstances of having a baby, whether in a couple, heterosexual or same-sex, or single, there is plenty of planning to do before deciding to have a baby.
Since a baby is bound to change every aspect of your day-to-day life, it is much better to be as prepared as possible for it. Of course, there are aspects of pregnancy and parenting that cannot be planned, but at least you can take care of others.
When planning for a baby, take some of these pregnancy planning tips into consideration to help ease the transition towards becoming a parent.
Ensure your health first
The key to a healthy baby is to have a healthy body. After all, this is the space where the baby will grow, develop, and receive the vital nutrients to sustain life. If you yourself aren’t healthy, carrying a baby is going to much harder.
To make sure you are healthy, schedule a preconception visit with a doctor, midwife, or family health clinic. They can check over your body and make sure that things are functioning well enough for a healthy to grow. This can be done by reviewing your current health as well as family medical history. Here you can also get recommendations for any vaccinations you may need as well as diet and nutritional support.
Check your diet
The diet that you eat plays a big factor in the likeliness of getting pregnant. A diet enriched with leafy green vegetables, lean meats or other protein sources, and plenty of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients will help to strengthen the internal systems for pregnancy.
One key element that boosts fertility is folic acid. This can be found in things such as dark leafy green vegetables, broccoli, beans, lentils, Brussel sprouts, and avocados. Having plenty of folic acids not only increases the chances of conception, but also reduces the risk of neural tube problems, spina bifida, and other developmental defects in the baby.
Create an exercise program
There is nothing more important when trying to get pregnant than having a healthy and active lifestyle. Setting the tone for a good diet and a good fitness regime will not only increase the chances of conceiving a baby, but also help to keep you in a healthy routine while pregnant. It is very helpful to maintain a healthy body weight while pregnant so that you are at your healthiest for the baby to develop well.
Set yourself up financially
Babies can be a financial burden as the expenses increase drastically and your income will likely reduce somewhat, depending on your working life. Balancing your money and accounts before trying to get pregnant will make a big difference in terms of comfort and security in yours and the baby’s future. There is nothing more stressful than having bills to pay and baby to feed without knowing where the next paycheck will come from.
Check your mental health
As a baby is going to change many things about your life, including your body and your hormones, it is important to have a stable mental health. Women who suffer from depression and anxiety may have more fertility problems when trying to conceive. It also increases the chances of postnatal depression significantly.
Before trying to conceive, make sure you check in with a doctor, therapist, or counsellor as needed. Talking through some issues about this big decisions can make very positive differences in the future. Addressing any concerns, doubts, or anxieties you have about pregnancy and parenting and getting them out in the open will clear a lot of air and help your mental health.
Figure out when your ovulation
Coming back to biological basics, women run on a monthly cycle with menstruation and ovulation. Being aware of your body and when ovulation happens at the time of the month for you will help to increases the chances of getting pregnant. After all, without the egg being released, conception is highly unlikely.
There are many ways to track your ovulation, such as an app on the phone or an ovulation predictor kits which work by testing hormonal levels. Generally speaking, within the monthly cycle, there are a good 5-6 highly fertile days around ovulation. Obviously, removing birth control from the cycle will be needed if you are trying for a baby.
Having a baby is not something to commit to without thinking things through on a very thorough level. Hopefully you will have the time, space, and clarity to plan this decision and take all the factors, from emotional to physical and financial through. Often pregnancies occur unplanned which adds a lot of stress and anxiety. Avoiding this and planning it all properly will help set you up on a clearer path for the best pregnancy and parenting experience.
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