Are You Ready to Have a Baby?

Whether it is your first baby, your second, or even your fifth, the same question applies. Are you ready? Once the decision is made to start trying to conceive, most women get so excited that all that they can think about is becoming pregnant and having a cute little baby of their own. While this is a very exciting time, it is also a time of preparedness. Both mentally and physically a women must be ready to take on all of the joys and challenges associated with becoming pregnant.  Here is help on infertility, miscarriage and other pregnancy questions .

Infertility

While many women can easily conceive, there are some that have a difficult time due to infertility. Many women cannot become pregnant for months or even years creating stress on themselves and even their relationships. The longer it takes to conceive the harder it can become emotionally. Seeing others around you becoming pregnant and even having their baby while you are still trying can be frustrating. It is important to consider that you may not become pregnant the first month. Statistics show that for couples having unprotected intercourse:

50% will be pregnant in 4 months
75% will be pregnant in 8 months
90% will be pregnant in 1 year

If you and your partner have been trying for over one year without success, you may need help from an infertility specialist. Contact your gynecologist or infertility specialist for testing and an exam. Many problems are easy to overcome once detected.

Miscarriage

Most women experience at least one miscarriage during their reproductive years. It is important to know that having a miscarriage is not your fault. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, reduced stress, and being a healthy weight, will help improve your chances for long-term pregnancy. Women should avoid smoking or drinking alcohol while trying to conceive. In most cases, you can start trying to conceive again after your next cycle with your doctor’s approval if a miscarriage occurs.

Folic Acid

Getting plenty of folic acid will help reduce your risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect. While trying to conceive, women should take a supplement or consume at least 400 micrograms of folic acid each day. Folic acid is also known as vitamin B9.

Your home

You and your partner are very ready for a baby, but is your home? Pregnancy is often a time of sickness, tiredness, and stress. Having a home that is ready for a baby is something that takes time. Here are some simple questions to ask yourself that will help you to know if your home is ready for baby number one, or another baby.

-Is our home big enough?
-Where will the nursery be?
-What will we need to do to the nursery to be?
-What will we need to do to childproof our home?
-Is our home in a desirable location for raising a child?

Having your home ready now, or having a plan for preparing your home for your new baby will help to relieve stress during your pregnancy.

Bringing a child into the world is a wonderful chapter in life. Being ready and knowing what to expect will help to make the process very enjoyable. While you will still have many surprises, doing your research will prepare you for what lies ahead.

More on ready to have a baby at Voice of Women

A good source of help for those trying to get pregnant at Pregnancy Charts