Congratulations on deciding to start a family! Planning a pregnancy is exciting, scary, and the start of something great. Some women can get pregnant right away, while it may take longer for others. But no matter how long it takes, you can take steps ahead of time to prepare yourself and your family for the impending new arrival. You’ll have to consider things like health insurance, finances, space in your house, and of course your body. It can get overwhelming pretty quickly, and you may not know where to start when it comes to making family plans.
But, help is at hand. Here are some tips for planning a pregnancy.
Consult your doctor.
Before you do anything else, you should talk to your doctor about pregnancy. They will go over your medical history, discuss any medications you may be taking, and if they’re safe to take while trying to conceive. Your doctor may also ask you about any past pregnancies or complications. There are a lot of variables when it comes to getting pregnant, so it’s best to start off on the right foot. It can be helpful to write down any questions you may have for your doctor before your appointment, just in case you forget any.
Health insurance is necessary to have before you start your pregnancy journey. Getting a health plan can be easy, you just need to share a few details about yourself, including an email address, mobile phone number and other contact information. The United States’ health insurance marketplace is quite saturated so you’ll be able to find health insurance that fits within your budget. The United States also have medicaid services to help with costs that aren’t covered by your health insurance coverage, should you have a low income. It is worth checking out medicaid services via the Federal Government website and seeing if you are eligible. If you have any disabilities or ongoing health issues, then medicare may also be available. Regardless of whichever health insurance coverage you select, once you’ve made an informed choice you can purchase your policy.
Prepare your body.
Pregnancy can be very taxing on the body, so you’ll want to do everything you can to be ready to carry another life for nine months. You can start by taking prenatal vitamins, and it’s recommended that you do so a month before you start trying to conceive. Eating healthy is always a good idea, and getting some exercise won’t hurt either. But you don’t have to suddenly become a fitness junkie! Just a short 30 minute walk a few times a week can help. Smoking, drinking, or any drug use can complicate a pregnancy, so it’s best to stop using any of those. If you need help quitting, again contact your doctor and arrange an appointment. Plus, some of those habits can actually affect your chances of getting the health insurance coverage that you want, so don’t delay in putting the cigarettes and alcohol to one side, for now at least.
Budget for baby and you.
Babies are expensive. They need diapers, wipes, car seats, strollers, formula if you decide not to breastfeed, and so much more. They’ll also need doctor’s appointments, check-ups, and possibly child care further down the line. But not only that, you’ll need things too. Maternity clothes, your own check-up appointments, and if you do breastfeed, you’ll need a nursing bra or a breast pump, plus all the accessories that go along with pumping and storing breast milk. SimpleWishes supplies innovative breastfeeding products and bras, including a hands-free pumping bra that’s life-changing and will make the process so much easier. It truly is a supermom bra! A baby shower will definitely help with acquiring all the things you and baby will need, but you should prepare a budget to visit the clothing store regardless.
Plan a babymoon.
A babymoon is a getaway you and your partner take together before the baby comes. It can be anything from a week-long vacation or a day trip to the beach. It’s a good chance to go somewhere that you wouldn’t be able to take a newborn. All that matters is that you and your partner have some quality adult time before the responsibilities of parenthood take over your life. Give yourselves permission to relax before parenthood begins. Incidentally…
Try to be stress-free.
Living stress-free is already hard, but trying not to stress while you’re trying to start a family can be even harder. However, stress has a negative effect on the body and can get in the way of your pregnancy plans. Try to enjoy the process! Getting pregnant takes time, and worrying over it doesn’t help. Find a way to help you relax like yoga, meditation, or even drinking a calming cup of tea.
Know when to seek help.
Women over 35 can have a harder time getting pregnant, and so can younger women who have medical complications such as endometriosis. If it’s been over six months and you still haven’t gotten a positive pregnancy test, then all of the right arrows point to talking to your doctor.