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There is so much you have to do while you are pregnant…but did you ever consider what you should do before pregnancy? That’s right, there’s a bit more to it than the fun of baby making. 😉
You need to prepare yourself for this tremendous lifestyle change before it happens. Here, I’ve given you 6 steps to take before trying to conceive.
Once you are ready to start trying, you’ll need to have a few pregnancy tests ready at home. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to triple check to make sure you’re not dreaming. Here are some good pregnancy tests to have on hand when you are through with these steps.
Do your research. Pregnancy differs from woman to woman, but it’s a good idea to be prepared for what you, your body and your future baby might go through before you conceive. The Bump has a lot of great information, including details about pregnancy week-by-week.
Change your diet. Eating certain foods and avoiding others is essential for a healthy pregnancy, but did you know doing this before conception could increase your chances of getting pregnant? Plus, it will be easier to keep the habit during pregnancy.
Learn how to budget. If you already know how to budget, great! You are ahead of the game. If you don’t, check out this cost of raising a child calculator and see what you come up with- you will see why learning to budget is necessary before deciding to have a baby!
Make sure you have insurance. You should already have health insurance for yourself but if you don’t, you need to figure out the best plan for all your prenatal visits and not to mention, your labor. If you think it is too expensive to have health insurance, you may want to think again. Delivering a baby alone could cost you anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 without insurance. Yikes!
Get some experience. Spend time with someone close to you or volunteer to babysit for one of your friends who already has kids. Ask them what motherhood is like. The more experience, the better. If you don’t have that opportunity, I wrote about the reality of it all in The Truth About Being A Mother.
Track your cycle. There is a small window of time each month that is best for baby making. If you want to conceive as efficiently as possible, you need to know when exactly that window will be. An app like Glow or My Cycles (Android / iPhone) will help you with that.
What did you do to prepare for the arrival of your first born? Comment on this post with your answer and you could win a $50 gift card to Diapers.com! Contest will end December 15th, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST. I will reply to the winner’s comment and email the winner through the email used to make the comment. Good luck!