Having a baby is both an exciting and scary decision! Perhaps you’ve been thinking about it for a while and are wondering if now is the right time? If you’re looking to make that decision a little easier, here come 5 signs that you might just be ready for a baby.
1. You’re ready for change
If you’re thinking about having a baby, you need to be ready for a big change. Once you have a child, life as you knew it will never be the same! This is not to say that it won’t be a positive and joyous change, because of course, it will be. However, there will naturally be challenges too. Sometimes even welcome changes can be hard to adjust too so it’s good to mentally prepare yourself.
2. Your relationship is strong
Nothing tests a relationship like having a child, so you will need to feel like your relationship is strong before you make the decision. Of course, it’s normal to go through ups and downs in any relationship. However, if you’re currently experiencing a rough patch, it’s probably worth holding off.
3. You are willing to make sacrifices
Sacrifices are all part of having children; you need to be prepared to put someone else’s needs first (especially when your children are young). Babies and young children require so much love and attention, and you’ll find that you’re getting less time to yourself. If you’re ready to have a baby, you’ll be willing to make sacrifices and be excited for the good times ahead. Looking after children can sometimes get a little exhausting, so don’t forget to make time for self care.
4. You have considered the practicalities
If you’re ready for a child, you’ll have considered the practicalities. You’ll have thought about finance, space in the home and the effect on your work. If you haven’t considered the practicalities, it may be that you stumble onto problems further down the line. It’s a good idea to sit down with your partner and discuss different scenarios. If you’re both going to keep working, you’ll want to discuss childcare options, for example.
5. You’re willing to ask for help
Having a child is a challenge, and there are times when you’ll need to ask for help. Whether it’s your family, a close group of friends or a mothers support network; know that you and your spouse don’t have to do it all alone. If it’s a first child, in particular, you’ll probably want some advice from any mothers that you already know.
6. You’re in a healthy routine
You’ll need to be prepared to have a healthy routine if you’re going to have a baby. Being pregnant does put some strain on your body so you’ll want to get into a good regime now. If you’re not already, get into a habit of healthy eating and give up alcohol and smoking. A healthier lifestyle will set your body up well to handle pregnancy.
It really helps to know your cycle when you are trying to conceive. Sometimes, it’s difficult to conceive, and many couples will struggle ongoing. If you’re having trouble long term, it can be a good idea to check out an Advanced Fertility Center and see what your options are.