Pregnancy

10 Things To Do Before Getting Pregnant

Things to do before pregnancyIf you have reached the stage where you are thinking about having a baby in the near future, you’ve probably ticked off most of the items on your life’s to do list… If not, now is the time to get cracking!
When people say that having kids will change your life; it’s an understatement of mammoth proportions. Your life will never be the same again, in so many ways. Sure the rewards far outweigh the sacrifices you are going to need to make, but there really are a few things you will be glad you took the time to do before starting a family.
  1. Get your career on track: Because it will be a whole lot more difficult to climb corporate ladders or make risky decisions once you have a little one in tow. In fact, it might be difficult to return to the working world after your maternity leave, even if you have established your career before getting pregnant. Even if you intend on being a stay-at-home mom; you will be glad you took the time to develop your own professional identity. You’ll also want to weigh up how you might be able to combine work and the demands of motherhood.
  1. Get your finances in order: Babies are expensive, and the costs increase exponentially the older they get. If you haven’t already cleared your debt and started saving, you need to get yourself organised. There’s nothing worse than having to struggle financially; and the pressure is only increased once you have a little person depending on you for everything. While you’re at it, be sure to check on your medical aid coverage and what kind of coverage you can expect from them once you are pregnant and after the baby is born.
  1. Work on your relationship: Once your baby arrives, there will be precious little time for date nights, long walks on the beach and endless cuddles. You should savour every moment of alone time and enjoy each others company at every given opportunity. Having a baby won’t make a bad relationship any better. Be sure that you are both on the same page regarding hopes and dreams for the future, as well as the major moral issues and parenting styles. Take the time now to build a solid foundation for your future family.
  1. Travel to your heart’s content:  Sure it’s possible to travel with a little one, but it’s easier and cheaper to go before baby arrives, especially if you want to go backpacking through Peru or bumming around a third-world country without a baby along for the ride.
  1. Sleep in ridiculously late: Stay in bed until you become fearful of bedsores or boredom. Languish about like a walrus while you still can. Once your little one arrives, these will be hazy, happy memories that you can daydream about in your zombie-like state of seemingly perpetual tiredness.
  1. Go away on a whim: This too will become a near impossible feat requiring superhuman organizational skills. Once you have a little one, you’ll need to prepare in advance, and you won’t exactly be travelling light! Throw a few items haphazardly into a bag and head in any direction for a totally spontaneous weekend away.
  1. Make love whenever, wherever: Even if your sex drive remains unravaged by the demands of motherhood, it will become more difficult to find the time and energy for lovemaking. Ensure you have a plentiful stash of happy x-rated memories before baby arrives!
  1. Spoil yourself: When you’ve got kids, buying yourself the latest iPod shuffle or that ridiculously overpriced Gucci handbag will be that much more difficult. It’s difficult to justify unnecessary luxury items when you have bills to pay and tummies to fill. Once you are a parent, your priorities will shift radically. So go ahead, spoil yourself to a few luxuries while you still can! While you’re at it, be sure to spoil your partner, your dog, your extended family and friends. Once you have a child you’ll probably end up spoiling them rotten instead!
  1. Get healthy! Prepare your body for pregnancy and the demands of motherhood is one of the best things you can do. Quit smoking (if you haven’t already), eat better, exercise more and aspire to live a more wholesome lifestyle. It can only benefit you and your baby.
  1. Visit your ob/gyn for a preconception appointment: If you have ticked off all the other items in this list then it’s time to take action. Visiting your ob/gyn or doctor is a great first step. Aside from the prenatal vitamins (that you should ideally begin taking before conception), you might need some tests, vaccinations or other advice before you conceive. This is a great opportunity to run any concerns or issues about getting pregnant with your doctor.  You’ll also want to find a good ob/gyn who you feel you can trust, this is a great chance to check if your current doctor will be seeing you through your pregnancy, or if you need to ask around and find someone new.
This list is by no means a comprehensive list of all the things you should do before getting pregnant, but it’s a good start. You might also want to splurge on white furniture and wear white around the home. You won’t be able to do that with a hyperactive toddler around either!
Having a baby can be one of the most awe-inspiring experiences of your life provided you are financially, emotionally and physically prepared for it.
 – Kahea Rusch
 

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