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Planning for a Family

by Editorial Team | February 28th, 2019 | Pregnancy

When it comes to the point in your life that you decide it’s time to start a family, there are so many fun things to consider. You need to think about what baby names you like, how you want to decorate the nursery, what outfit the baby will wear home from the hospital (if you choose to give birth there). There’s so much fun about it.

Of course, there are other things to consider, that while maybe not as fun, that are part of the process. One of the first things to determine is whether you are healthy enough to start a family. A full physical exam with your primary care doctor is an excellent starting place. You want to make sure that all of your vitals are in a normal range. Plus, you want to make sure you don’t have any other health issues, so be safe and get tested today.

Another thing that needs to be decided at this point in time is whether this is the right time financially. Can you afford to stay home with your little one? If not, can you work and afford childcare? A third option would be a family member, who is willing to babysit at no charge, but be sure that all are on the same page. You don’t want to cause family issues due to a misunderstanding.

Once you know that you’re healthy and have a plan for raising the baby, you need to start making other decisions. Do you want to have the baby at a hospital or at home? Then you need to choose the doctor, nurse practitioner, or midwife who you like and accepts your insurance. Be sure that you find someone who agrees with the birth plan you have in mind.

Speaking of which, you’ll need to determine you birthing plan. Do you want medication? Do you want people in the room with you? Are there certain things you don’t want done?

Now that you’re feeling overwhelmed (and really haven’t begun to consider nearly that many of the decisions to come), take a deep breath. Think about whether you’re ready for the responsibility and delight of a newborn. Then go back to the top, and start completing these items.

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