Meeting someone and settling down can be exciting, but there is nothing far greater than the decision you make together to start a family. You may find that you become consumed with getting pregnant, and once you are pregnant, every symptom and experience that you feel. It then becomes impossible to not think ahead to the future and plan what your family might be like. Whether you will have a boy or a girl, will you have more than one child, and what their names will be? As much as it is exciting, you also have to think about the future and make some wise decisions to ensure that you can commit to the decision you are about to make and also prepare yourself for the pregnancy ahead.
It has been said that deciding to get pregnant is probably the easiest part. The fact that not every couple has a smooth journey to conceive is well documented, and it is important that you prepare yourself for this journey taking some time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start to plan, think about certain aspects of it, and of course, make some decisions for the future. With that in mind, here are some of the things to think about if you are hoping that 2020 is the year you get pregnant for the first time or add to your family.
The road to conceiving can be rocky
It is important for you to try and understand your menstrual cycles now that you have decided to get pregnant. This will help you to decipher your fertility window and the best chance you have of conceiving. You can do this through apps on your phone, where you can track period dates and also how long between periods that you have. They can help you to determine your fertile window. You can also do things like ovulation tests daily, which can track your body to help you figure out the days where you are ovulating and are more likely to conceive. However, it is important that you don’t get too wrapped up in this information. More often than not, Mother Nature will take it course. But it is a good idea to be more aware of these things.
Getting yourself in the best shape
Your body is going to be going through a lot of changes when you do eventually get pregnant, so right now you can start to prepare yourself and get in good shape. A healthy and balanced diet, eating some of the right foods, taking supplements, and understanding whether certain ones can be taken during pregnancy. Things like Folic acid and Vitamin D supplements may be beneficial. You can also buy vitamins that are designed for conceiving, and then a separate set for when you do eventually conceive. You might also want to understand what you can and can’t take during pregnancy. If you struggle with allergies, for example, then it might be worth finding out whether taking the antihistamine unisom in pregnancy is going to be the right thing to do. There are also some common painkillers and remedies that you may ordinarily take that shouldn’t be consumed during pregnancy. If you are unsure, then speaking with health professionals can best advise you. Getting in the best possible shape gives you the best chance of growing a healthy baby.
Saving for the future
One thing many of us are aware we have to do is to save for the future, but not all of us start as soon as we should. Little and often can be one of the best ways to save, and it can all add up over time. The things you need to think about saving for would be your child’s future, such as education, first car and even helping them on the property ladder. But savings don’t always have to be for such long term things, savings can help with birthdays and Christmas. It could help towards school uniforms or equipment they need, even furniture and things for their bedroom. Start saving the moment you can to avoid any issues as your children grow up.
Thinking about their education
Education is important for your child, so it’s vital that you consider your options from an early age. Especially if you might be considering childcare and heading back to the workplace. That’s why you may want to look into an early learning centre to help you make a decision on education moving forward. It is never too early to ensure the best for your child, whether that is as a toddler or as they get older. Often these things may need initial investment, so saving for your child’s future essentially starts from when they are conceived.
The house you live in
Starting a family means you might need more space, an extra bedroom eventually and a place for all the things your child needs. A baby tends to have quite a few things including clothes, a place to sleep and some toys to help keep them stimulated. So you might need to think about changing your home and investing in more space. This can be done by a house move or even looking at improving the property that you have now. Making an investment into an extension not only gives you the extra living space, but also adds value to your home.
Your transportation requirements
Just like you need to consider your home, you also need to think about your transportation options. A baby and even when they get older need car seats. You might also need to think about your boot space. A little research online will help you determine some good family cars to consider.
Everything you need right now
Finally, it isn’t always about the future, but more about the here and now. From the moment you find out you’re pregnant the investments start. Maternity clothes, pregnancy essentials. Then you have everything a newborn needs and the changes that happen as time goes on.
There is always something to be thinking about when starting a family, but if you start planning now, you can get ahead and make some wise decisions.