Becoming a parent is one of the most beautiful feelings you can have in your life. When a child is born, along with the child a father and a mother also get born, and along with lots of joy, it brings lots of responsibilities also. Before planning to become parents, you need to consider lots of things because you are bringing a new life into this world which is not a small thing.
While planning for pregnancy, there are a few things you need to consider such as- are both of you mentally, physically, and financially ready to become parents? You should know that after becoming parents your lives will change totally. A child completes a family and brings lots of beautiful things into both of your lives but there are certain things you have to consider before planning to start a family. Here we have curated a list of five important things to consider before planning for pregnancy and becoming parents.
Being Mentally, Physically, and Financially Prepared
Bringing a life into this world is a huge responsibility and both of you should be mentally, physically, and financially prepared for it. First of all, you shall know that having a child is not “child’s play” but a responsibility that you have to keep till your child is ready to face the real world and even after that your responsibilities won’t finish. First of all, both of you have to be sure that you are mentally prepared to bear this responsibility which is definitely not easy. The second thing is that you have to make sure that the mother-to-be is physically ready to be pregnant and consulting a doctor will help you to assure both of you about it. Also, before becoming parents you have to be sure that you are financially stable to bear the responsibility of being parents because there will be lots of expenses including doctor fees, regular checkups, medicines, delivery costs, etc. and after the child is born, there are lots of things to be taken care of that needs you to be financially stable and able to take proper care of the child.
Have a Pre-Pregnancy Discussion
While planning a child, you and your partner both should be ready for it and have a proper pre-pregnancy discussion about it. Both of you need to discuss the responsibilities you have to share such as how you’ll share the duties of child care, how you plan to raise your children, your fears, your priorities, and if both of you are working then whether it’s possible financially for the mother to quit her job and take full responsibility of the child or take maternity leave and start working after a few months of taking care of your child. A newborn child needs lots of care to be raised properly and discussing and finding solutions to these things are very important before deciding to become parents.
So after all these discussions, eventually both of you are sure about becoming parents, then the next step is the proper care of the health of the would-be mother and the unborn child. There are various diseases that can have big risks to an unborn baby. So the yet-to-be mother must visit a doctor, get a proper medical check-up and make sure that her vaccinations are up to date. Discuss with your doctor and take tests to make sure that the would-be mother is immunised against diseases such as chickenpox, mumps, measles, etc You can also have some extra vaccinations, including vaccines that protect both you and your unborn child against the flu and other diseases which are common during pregnancy.
Get Information About the Medical History of Both the Families
It might sound somewhat over the top but there are lots of diseases that are hereditary, so it’s quite important that you have to get proper information about the medical history of both families so that you will be prepared to prevent the risk of chronic diseases, genetic disorders, fertility issues, etc. in advance. Many diseases are passed from parents to their children or from a close family member. A few genetic diseases can be found after some tests and if you or your partner are at risk, get tested before conceiving and discuss with your doctor what steps shall be taken so that these conditions can be prevented.