Are you thinking about having a baby? This is a decision you really need to think about. Read this article to find out more about what becoming a parent means.
If you are thinking about having a baby, you need to schedule an appointment with your doctor. You will go through a series of tests including blood work. You also need to go to your gynecologist to make sure your body is ready for pregnancy. Once you get the professional opinion of both doctors, you can stop using birth control. Keep in mind that you are more likely to get pregnant during ovulation, which usually occurs fourteen days after the first day of your period. You should also know that the ovule can be fecundated for about a week after this and that sperm cell remain alive for only two days after intercourse occurs. This should help you do the math and figure out the best time to get pregnant.
Ask yourself if you are ready to become a parent. Make a list of your priorities and think about your lifestyle. Having a baby will change everything, from your career to the relationship you have with your partner. Communication is very important at this stage. You need to talk to your partner about your wish to have a baby and agree on how you will raise the child. You need to agree on who will stay home with the baby and make sure being a good parent is the number one priority of you and your partner. You should know that you will not be able to spend as much quality time with your friends or with your partner once the baby is here.
Are you in a good financial situation? Raising a child costs a lot of money and while you can manage by making sacrifices, you can also avoid a lot of stress by waiting to be in a better financial situation before you have a baby. Subscribe to a good health insurance that will cover the cost of your pregnancy and open a savings account. You need to provide for your child with simple things such as food and clothing, but you also need to think about your child’s future. If you want to finance your child’s education, you should open a 529 plan while your child is still a baby. Talk to your parents and to your friends who have children to get a better idea of how much raising a child costs.
Will you be raising your child in the best environment possible? If you live in a small apartment, share your place with roommates or live in a bad school district, you should consider moving to a better place where raising your children will not be stressful. A lot of families choose the suburbs because of the safe environment and the good school districts. You also need to find an apartment or a house with enough room for your child to play. If you are not able to move, wait a few years before you think about having a baby.
It will be easier to raise your child if you are prepared and able to provide for your baby. This process will also help you and your partner get ready to become parents.