Are you ready to change multiple diapers on a daily basis? Or for that matter, to hear loud wails every night? Imagine carrying a few bundled up pounds in your arms every single day. Think of how, whatever you do would affect another being – a being which is almost entirely dependent on you! We are talking about what is more commonly known as a bundle of joy – a baby!
Having a baby could prove to be a real challenge, and as a mother-to-be you must ask yourself whether you are ready to make that transition.
To start with, you must consider your current finances before you decide to have a baby. You should be able to support yourself while saving up for another dependent. If you are still in grad school or are being supported by parents, a baby would not be a great idea. If you have just started working, you need to see how breaks of pregnancy and motherhood could affect your career.
You need to assess your current expenses and realize you have to step down spending once you become a parent. You might also want to check your financial standing in terms of loans, credit card and other outstanding balances. Based on how secure you feel about your finances you could decide on whether to go ahead or, postpone that baby decision for a while.
Another aspect to consider while deciding to have a baby is the degree of emotional security. Raising another living being is not an easy task. It requires maturity, a sense of responsibility, selfless care and affection. It also requires for you to have a stable relationship with your partner. You need to be happy and strong enough to face the stresses and strains that pregnancy and motherhood can bring. Only if you as a mother-to-be feel good and confident would your baby be provided a happy environment to be conceived in!
Your health is also an important factor to be taken care of while planning for a baby. You need to start having enough vitamin and mineral supplements months in advance, before conception. You also need to exercise and maintain an ideal body mass beforehand, rather than try to lose weight post pregnancy.
Having a baby brings great joy, but planning for one in advance ensures that this joy knows no bounds!