Are You Ready to Have a Baby?

Written by on November 13, 2012 in Family - No comments | Print this page


The idea of having a baby may be filling you full of broody thoughts, but are you really ready for the reality that having a child means?

Before you commit yourself to getting pregnant there are a few questions that you should be asking yourself first, it would also be beneficial for you to run them past the prospective father too as this is not only a one sided decision. You both need to be 100% sure that having a baby is the right step for you to be taking at this point in your lives.

Am I Ready?

It might sound a bit trite but the decision to have a baby is probably the biggest decision you will make in your life. If you are someone that likes to plan ahead and is always prepared for what life throws at them, you will probably already have thought about these questions; however for those of you that tend to take life as it comes some of the things here might come as a bit of a surprise.

What you need to remember is that every baby is different, what one baby book tells you is normal behaviour for a baby your child may never exhibit, it may never fall in to any of the suggested sleep patterns or eat any of the quantities of food that are recommended as normal either, so even though you may feel as though you have prepared as much as possible, your child will probably end up surprising you.

Aspects to Consider

Do you like children?  It may seem like an odd question as you have probably assumed that you will like and love your own child no matter what. What you need to think about is that right now you are only thinking about the impact that a baby will have on your life, and sorry to say it, but babies don’t stay babies for very long.

Having a toddler rampaging through the house can come as a shock, then there is the preschool time, then school and then dare I say it, the teenage years. Rather than just considering a child as a baby you need to prepare yourself for all of the different life stages that they are going to go through on the journey towards adult hood. What you are looking at is a 100% full time commitment to love and support them for the rest of your life.

Are you ready physically? A doctor will tell you that you should be in peak physical health in order to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy. This means being at your optimal weight, eating healthily and exercising regularly. Pregnancy really does take a toll on the body and the better shape that you are in at the start of the pregnancy the faster you will get back into shape once the baby is born. It is also important that you start taking prenatal vitamins before you start trying to conceive, to keep both you and your unborn child as healthy as possible.

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