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4 Important things for Every Couple to Consider before Getting Pregnant

For couples who are planning on getting pregnant, there are a few factors to consider before conceiving. From the cost of raising a baby, to the diet that you maintain during the pregnancy, it is essential to plan ahead of time and prepare for growing your family. As you and your partner consider bringing a child into the world, there are a few details you’ll want to discuss at length before conceiving—read ahead to get a few ideas of the topics you’ll need to go over.

What You Need To Know Before Getting Pregnant

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Choose a Healthy Diet

Your diet during your pregnancy will ultimately determine just how healthy and strong your newborn baby is when you deliver. It’s important to choose a diet that is rich in folic acid, vitamin D, and calcium to promote their development and growth. You should also take a folic acid supplement each day to prevent birth defects. Eating healthy isn’t easy, and it can be downright impossible for some people. Before conceiving, talk about what both you and your partner will do to eat healthy as a family, and how to keep the baby’s health in mind when making lifestyle choices.

Find the Right Doctor

You’ll make monthly visits to your OBGYN during the pregnancy, making it important to choose an experienced doctor who can make you feel comfortable. Look at the credentials of the doctor, as well as read online reviews from current or former patients. As you and your spouse ask for recommendations and do your own research, it is important to find a doctor that you both feel comfortable with. You’ll want to choose someone who has a flexible schedule and will listen to your requests or concerns during the pregnancy such as Dr. Gilbert Webb, found at and You both want to be comfortable interacting with the doctor, and must feel like both of your needs are being met.

Give Yourself Time to Get Pregnant

When it comes getting pregnant, it’s important to give yourself time to conceive. Experts recommend giving yourself up to a year to get pregnant before it’s time to see a medical professional. Start taking folic acid immediately and reduce your coffee and alcohol consumption. You can also begin taking a prenatal vitamin each day to increase your chances of conceiving. As a couple, talk about the process, and make sure you are on the same page when it comes to time frame. When you both realize that this process can take a while, you are less likely to get impatient or frustrated if you don’t conceive right away.

Take a Look at Your Finances

It’s important to determine if you can afford a baby before you become pregnant. Consult with your health insurance provider to determine how much your premium will increase each month with a new addition to the family. You’ll also have to take the cost of childcare, diapers, formula, and clothing into consideration when looking at your budget. During the pregnancy, you might need to live on a restricted budget to make the transition easier for when the baby arrives. Talk about expenses with your partner and set plans that will help you balance both the baby and your finances.

To ensure that you can prepare for having a baby and get pregnant, there are a few factors to consider and plan for to ensure that you can be ready for the changes. By finding the right doctor, maintaining a healthy diet, and budgeting for the newborn child, you’ll be able to enjoy growing your family, and experience raising your child in a healthy environment. As you and your partner prepare for this big step, make sure you discuss any and all possible topics that could cause problems. By planning ahead, you can both be on the same page by the time the baby arrives.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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