***This is a guest post by Erica from Inner Parents***
Deciding to start trying for a baby is a very exciting time for any couple. Pregnancy is also a major life decision that should be carefully considered and planned. This article will help you prepare by explaining four key things to do before trying to get pregnant.
Talk about parenting with your partner
Before deciding to have a baby, it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared to parent with your partner or prospective co-parent. This means talking about a variety of childrearing topics to make sure you’re on the same page regarding anything you consider important. In addition to agreeing on basics such as how parenting duties will be split up and whether one parent will stay at home with the child, it’s also a good idea to make sure you have a healthy communication style in general for those inevitable times when disagreements about parenting will arise. As top Canadian parenting website Today’s Parent reveals in an article for prospective parents considering trying to conceive, it’s important to be on the same page before your bundle of joy arrives because baby’s first year is stressful enough without added conflicts.
Get your finances in order
Raising a child is expensive! The U.S. Government estimated that in 2015 through 2017 the average middle class family spent approximately $12,000 per year per child. There are plenty of costs in a baby’s first few years of life, ranging from medical expenses to baby gear to the cost of childcare or the reduction in household income if one parent reduces their hours at work to stay home with the baby. Many parents start saving for their child’s future college education from birth or even before – yet another expense. Since this will be on top of other existing household expenditures and any debts such as mortgages or student loans, it is essential to make sure you are in a solid financial position before trying to get pregnant.
Take care of your health
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, women can take steps to ensure a healthy future pregnancy before they even conceive. Additional steps are in order if you think you might start trying to conceive soon. A good prenatal vitamin is essential while trying to conceive and throughout pregnancy. Another boost to the health of the mom-to-be could come from the many important dietary supplements such as probiotics for pregnancy.
Make the most of your childfree moments
Preeminent pregnancy and parenting brand What To Expect recommends crossing many must-do items off your bucket list before conceiving. Traveling to exotic locations, going to expensive restaurants or cultural venues, and trying exciting but risky activities are all hard to do with a child in tow. Before trying for baby, make sure you’ve done the things you want to do that are best done pre-parenthood.