Having a baby will change your life in many wonderful ways.
You’ll see the world anew through the eyes of your child. You’ll find joy in every little grin, giggle and moment of growth. You will truly understand “a mother’s instinct”.
Of course, having a baby will also change your day-to-day routine, how you plan for the future and how you interact with your loved ones. Thinking about the following will help make your transition to family life as happy as can be.
Impact on my career
You and your partner can absolutely have a successful career as well as a successful family life. All it takes is planning and organization. Consider:
Your work schedules and how this will work with your home schedule and infant's needs.
How you will arrange childcare.
Your future career goals and how they will fit in with your new family.
Health considerations when trying to conceive
Planning ahead can help make sure you are in optimal health before you conceive which will assure that you and your baby are as healthy as possible throughout your pregnancy. Consider:
If you have any conditions that may be affected by your pregnancy, our OB providers suggest you seek medical evaluation prior to conception. You need to know how the pregnancy will affect your physical health and how your condition will affect the pregnancy.
How a baby will change your lifestyle
Having a baby will undoubtedly change your lifestyle in many ways. Your life may need to be more structured and organized with the extra responsibility that comes with having a family. 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 ready for less sleep than you may be used to. Consider:
If you have any conditions that may be affected by or be considered risk factors, our OB providers suggest you seek medical evaluation before pregnancy. You need to know how the pregnancy will affect your physical health and how your condition will affect the pregnancy.
Cost of having a baby
As your family grows, you may need to pay more attention to your budget. Factors that may affect your finances include:
- Medical costs during pregnancy, labor and delivery.
- The ongoing cost of raising a child, including medical care, clothing and supplies, childcare and future education, to name a few.