Many couples are asking themselves that very question at this very moment. How will you know when you’re ready? What things should you consider before you start trying?
Discussing these three questions with your partner can help you determine if the time is right:
Based on our family and work situations, are we ready to take on the responsibility of raising a child?
Think about your work schedules, lifestyle, childcare needs and career goals and how a baby will fit into those aspects. You and your partner can have a successful career and family life with children. It just planning and organization, and your life may need to be more structured and organized with the extra responsibility that accompanies children. Your schedule will need to include consistent times for your baby’s feeding, naps and other daily care. And, because most babies don’t sleep through the night for the first several months, be prepared for some sleep deprivation.
Are we in optimal health?
If you are planning to have a baby in the near future, it’s best to ensure you are of optimal health. Visit your OB/GYN, primary care provider and/or any specialists for a medical evaluation prior to conceiving. At that visit, review the medications you’re currently taking to be sure they are safe to take during conception and pregnancy.
A medical evaluation is especially important for women who have conditions that will affect their pregnancy, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. These issues need to be well controlled to minimize the risk of complications for both you and your baby.
Can you afford a child?
As your family grows, you may need to pay more attention to your budget. Factors that may affect your finances will include medical costs during pregnancy, labor and delivery, as well as the ongoing costs of raising a child. These ongoing costs consist of medical care, clothing, supplies, childcare and education. To get an idea of how much it will cost to raise a child, review this Cost of Raising a Child Calculator
Thinking about these items and discussing them with your partner will help make your transition to family life take place more smoothly. For more information, see Prevea’s Pregnancy and Childbirth online resources
or call (920) 496-4700.