Monday, October 17, 2005
Getting pregnant can be more than just conception. Bringing a baby into the world is not just like picking up a new puppy at the pound. There are a lot of things to consider. If you are planning on having a child with your partner, you might want to consider a few things - And granted, there might be some who are not in the position to answer all of these questions - but if you're thinking about it...try asking yourself some of these questions. Marriage/Relationship: Do we have a stable, loving marriage/relationship? Do we share similar philosophies/beliefs on raising a child? What are our expectations of one another once we have a child? How will having another child affect the other sibling(s)? Timing: Is this a "good" time to have a baby? Should we wait until our lives are less stressful? Can my partner and/or I take leave from work or school? Will I be able to get help if I need it? Will I be able to maximize my health insurance deductible if needed? Finances: Can we afford a child? Do we have the income level needed to raise our child? Do we need to purchase additional health insurance coverage for our child? What would the financial impact be if one of us decided to not return to work, or work only part-time? How much would a nanny or child-care provider/center cost? Health: Are we in good general health? Are there any medical conditions or age-related factors to consider for me or my partner? Are there any medical/dental procedures, surgeries or vaccinations we need to complete before becoming pregnant? Are there any habits my partner or I need to change or stop before becoming pregnant? (For example: smoking, drinking, use of recreational or certain prescription drugs, caffeine, etc.,) Does our doctor recommend any medical procedures before becoming pregnant (including genetic screening, fertility tests, etc.,)?
Posted by Sasha@Pw at 10/17/2005