Am I Ready To Be Pregnant? |
Before you and your partner decide to get pregnant, it is important to make sure that you are both truly prepared physically, financially, and emotionally.Preconception care is an important aspect of helping to create a healthy pregnancy. Schedule an appointment with your OBGYN or midwife to get a check up and to ask any questions you may have about pregnancy and childbirth.
The Healthy Belly recommends that women of childbearing age take folic acid supplements, preferably from a high quality prenatal vitamin.
The Healthy Belly promotes wellness and over-all health; therefore, diet and exercise are two key aspects of a healthy pregnancy. Click here, or visit HB's Food and Nutrition section for a healthy regimen that will work for you. Be sure to cut out alcohol and smoking, if you haven't already, as these habits are not only bad for your health, however dangerous for a pregnancy and fetus. If you haven't done so already, you and your partner should also discuss the possibility of going for genetic screen testing to rule out the possibility of inherited genetic diseases that could be passed on to your baby.
Make sure that you are ready to have a baby. While babies bring joy and love into this world, remember that they come along with lots of responsibilities. Important factors to consider before having a baby are:
Finacial Stability: Babies are expensive! The crib, furniture, car seat, diapers, layette, bottles and all the other odds & ends that come along with a new baby can really add up. Click here, or visit the HB Baby Cost Calculator to find out more about how much it costs to raise a child in todays world.
Emotional Stability: Some other questions to go over with your partner are: Are we ready to give of ourselves to another person? Are we emotionally in a place where we can handle the responsibility that comes with having a healthy baby?
Click here to view our HB Pregnancy Checklist