Are you ready for a baby?

Tiny fingersMost parents will tell you that if you wait until your really ready to have kids, you’ll never have them. It seems you’ll never be totally prepared for the adventure that is parenthood, but Fit Pregnancy magazine offers some great questions for you and your partner to ask each other, to see if you’re ready as you’ll ever be for a baby.

Here are some of the questions I believe are the most important to ask before starting your TTC journey:

1. How are you going to get pregnant?

Sure, you know HOW to make a baby, but do you have a plan? Just going off birth control and waiting to see what happens is one way to do it, but if several months pass and still no baby, it’s probably a good idea to come up with a plan. Consider charting your basal body temps or cervical mucus to find out when you’re most fertile and time intercourse for those days. Download a helpful fertility app, such as Kindara, to track your fertile days. Try ToConceive to help maximize a woman’s natural lubrication and promote sperm capacitation, essential for conception.

2. Are your finances in good shape?

Having a baby is very expensive, from the diapers all the way to college tuition. Each month you’ll have to budget for diapers, wipes, formula or breastfeeding supplies, medicine, and doctor’s appointments, not to mention all the stuff a baby needs (car seat, crib, etc.)

3. Are you BOTH ready for more chores?

Even if the mom decides to stay home full-time to care for the baby, the dad should still be involved in the daily care of baby, as well as chipping in around the house with chores. Raising a baby will be exhausting for both of you, so work out a plan to assure that everything that needs to get done, gets done. And, remember, taking care of baby is most important; those dirty dishes and laundry can wait 🙂

Check out the full list here:

http://www.fitpregnancy.com/getting-pregnant/fertility-conception/are-you-ready-baby

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