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Importance of Pre-Planning For Pregnancy


If you're thinking about having a baby, you need to do some pre-planning. Deciding on details like the month you want to have the baby, your age, and how strong your relationship is should be taken into consideration before you conceive.

First, you must prepare yourself physically for pregnancy. IF you smoke, drink a lot of alcohol, or use recreational drugs, you need to stop before conception. Don't wait until you get pregnant to give up bad habits the ideal time to quit is before you're actually pregnant. The earliest days of pregnancy can be the most dangerous as well excessive alcohol or drug use can lead to many developmental problems or even infant death.

You need to see your doctor before you conceive. Your physician will do a physical exam and ask you detailed questions about your medical history. If you have a health problem, the best time to find out about it is before you get pregnant, not after. Certain medications aren't safe for pregnant women, and if you have a more serious health concern it's far better to treat it before you conceive.

Are you ready financially to take care of a child? Babies, children and teenagers are expensive, and you'll be supporting your child for around 18 years of his or her life. Find out if you have health insurance that will cover your baby's birth, and your workplace's policy on maternity or paternity leave.

Consider your lifestyle before you get ready to conceive. If you have a career that you love, are you willing to give it up for your baby's birth? If you plan on returning to work, can you pay childcare expenses? Your living arrangements are also important you want to be as settled as soon as possible for your baby's birth, so if you think moving to a new city or country might be in your near future, you may want to postpone pregnancy.

Your relationships with other family members are also going to play a large role in your baby's life. If you and your partner are fighting, and having a baby is a last-ditch attempt to save a failing marriage or relationship, you need to seriously reconsider. Having a baby can bring a couple much closer together, but it also places a lot of pressure on both people.

If you already have children, how far apart will they be in age from the new baby? Some people want their children very close together, while others want five years or more between kids.

 


 
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