Having your first baby is one of the biggest milestones of your life. Unlike milestones such as graduation, marriage, or getting your first job, having a baby can happen whether you prepare for it or not. The more you prepare, however, the healthier you and your baby will be, and the better prepared your home and finances will be to welcome your new family member into the world. That’s why every couple wanting to have a baby should follow these steps:
Consulting Your Doctor Before You Try to Conceive
Of course, you can get pregnant without your doctor’s help, and women around the world get pregnant all the time! However, consulting your doctor before you try to conceive will help you change your lifestyle habits and diet for the health of your baby. There are many medications out there, for instance, that can severely damage a foetus if you continue to take them while pregnant. If these medications are stored in your fat, it could be awhile yet before they are flushed from your system.
Expecting mothers and mothers hoping to conceive should also start taking folic acid, which can help reduce the chances of common congenital disabilities in babies. You should take the time to implement any other diet and lifestyle changes that will help improve your health before you try to conceive, not after. Your doctor can help advise you on the necessary steps you should take.
To be extra secure, you should also have tests done to rule out any genetic precondition that could put your baby’s life at risk. Your health will directly impact your baby’s health, after all, and it’s better to know in advance than to find out after.
On Trying for a Baby
If you don’t immediately get pregnant after coming off your birth control, don’t panic! Hormone birth controls from the pill to an IUD can cause disruptions in your hormonal balance. It could take a few months before your body is back on track, and that is perfectly normal. Until your body is back on its regular schedule, you will likely find it difficult to conceive. You could begin tracking your cycle and find when you are ovulating. Generally speaking, you have approximately a week during which you are fertile, which means knowing when you ovulate can help you conceive drastically.
It can feel like a dream come true when your test finally comes back as positive but now is when the real work begins. Start by using this due date calculator from Pampers.com to help you determine when you should expect your baby to be due. Once you know that, you can work out when to start attending a birth class, when to start getting the nursery ready, and so on. This can help you in preparing your home, but remember to see your doctor to have a medical schedule set up to keep track of your baby’s health.
Having a baby is a wonderful thing, but you have to remember that no one expects you to do it alone. Don’t hesitate to rely on your family and friends to help support you through your pregnancy and beyond, and you’ll be sure to raise a happy family.