Many times, when we want to have a baby, we start trying to conceive before doing the proper research and planning for becoming pregnant. It’s not crucial to getting pregnant, but it always helps to get things in order before trying to become pregnant. Check out the below pre-pregnancy checklist and see how ready you are to have a baby.
You need to know, for example, if certain medications you might be taking could be harmful to your unborn baby. You should find out ahead of time so that your doctor can inform you of what changes to make, or prescribe something different. It’s also a good idea to see a dentist and have your teeth checked and cleaned. During pregnancy, it’s easier to develop teeth and gum problems, such as gum disease.
It’s also very important that you quit smoking and also give up drinking alcohol before you try to have a baby. These two things are dangerous to an unborn baby, and you should never put your baby’s life at risk. If you are heavily addicted, seek professional help and get all of that cleared up before trying to have a baby. Don’t put your baby at risk of birth defects or worse.
You should also start taking prenatal vitamins 6 months prior to trying to conceive. This helps your body be healthier and better prepared for the health of your baby. Many women don’t start taking prenatal vitamins until a month or longer after finding out they are pregnant. Don’t wait. Talk with your doctor about what prenatal vitamins (and what other vitamins) you should take before trying to become pregnant.
Start eating healthy, and make it a lifestyle change. Again, you want to have a healthy baby, right? Then definitely start eating the right foods, and talk with your healthcare provider about establishing an exercise routine to strengthen your body and prepare you for pregnancy and labor.
One of the biggest issues with couples who are expecting a baby is money. Sometimes a second job is needed in order to pay for everything, and it’s not always easy for a pregnant woman to work, particularly if things like morning sickness and fatigue have a stronghold. Sit down and rationally discuss your financial status and plan out ways to increase your income, if necessary. You might want to consider working for 6 months or a year before becoming pregnant, and save up as much money as possible. When you’re pregnant, you should only have to think about positive things and a bright future, without the worries of how you’re going to survive financially.
How’s Your Love Life?
If you’re in a roller coaster type of relationship, or haven’t been with your husband for very long, it’s highly recommended that you grow as a couple and learn to work as partners in life and build up strength in your love for each other. Time invested in your relationship now is so very worth it. When you do have a baby, he or she should see that mommy and daddy are in love with each other. Far too many babies are born into a broken relationship. Babies should see true stability. Do your best to make your relationship strong and built on a solid foundation of love before building a family onto it.
Your Home & Family
How are things in your home? Do you have enough room for a baby nursery, or do you plan on moving into a larger home where there’s plenty of room? Some couples setup their baby’s crib in the livingroom or their bedroom, and don’t have much space at all for a baby. This isn’t ideal, of course, and you should plan on having proper room in your home for your little one. It’s best to not share a room with your baby after he or she is 12-18 months, if possible. It can take a toll on a marriage as well. When a couple wants to be sexually intimate, the baby shouldn’t be in the same room.