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Preparing to become pregnant

So you think you want to be a parent - at least sometime in the near

future. How exciting! Having a child is a wonderful experience that will

enrich your life forever. But the decision to have a child shouldn’t be taken

lightly. Parenthood is a lot of work, and the best way to approach it is by

preparing yourself so that you’re as ready as possible for this big change.

Thinking ahead can give you and your baby the best possible beginning.

If you’re reading this book and are still in the planning stages before

becoming pregnant, you’re giving yourself a head start on the exhilarating,

sometimes bewildering path toward parenthood. Taking steps to be

healthy and informed now can help set you up to enjoy a healthy

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This introductory chapter includes some key concepts and actions to

take that can help make your transition to pregnancy as smooth as

possible. If you already know you’re pregnant, congratulations! You may

want to page through this chapter and begin with Chapter 2.

Is the time right?

When your friends with children tell you to say

goodbye to lazy weekends and impromptu nights

out, and hello to nighttime feedings and loads of

baby laundry, they’re not kidding. Having a baby

is life-changing. In most ways it’s wonderful, but

life will never be the same. Although there’s

probably never a perfect time to have a baby,

some phases of your life may be more conducive

to pregnancy and new parenthood than others.

Questions to ask Here are some questions you

might ask yourself in determining whether the

time is right:

-Why do I want to have a baby?

-Does my partner feel the same way I do? Do

we share the same ideas about how to raise

a child? If not, have we discussed our

differences?

-How will having a baby affect my current

and future lifestyles or career? Am I ready

and willing to make those changes?

-Is there a lot of stress in my life right now

that could interfere with my ability to care

for myself and enjoy my pregnancy? What

about for my partner? Is stress an issue?

-Emotionally, are we ready to take on

parenthood?

-Financially, can we afford to raise a child? If

I’m single, do I have the necessary resources

to care for a child by myself?

-Does my health insurance plan cover

maternity and newborn care?

-If I decide to return to work, do I have

access to good child care?

If you haven’t thought about any of these

issues so far, it doesn’t mean you’ll have an

unhealthy pregnancy or be unable to care for a

child. But the sooner you set the stage for a

successful outcome, the better your odds. That’s

true whether you’re still in the planning stages,

are trying to conceive or already have a baby on

the way.

Is your body ready?

You don’t have to be exceptionally fit to have a

child, but if you’re healthy to begin with, you

have a better chance of enjoying a healthy

pregnancy.

So how do you know if your body is ready for

pregnancy? Have your care provider give you the

green light. Make a preconception appointment

with your obstetrician-gynecologist, family

physician, nurse-midwife or other care provider

who will be guiding you through your pregnancy.

A preconception visit gives you and your care

provider a chance to identify any potential risks

to your pregnancy and establish ways to

minimize those risks, as well as discuss general

health issues.

If possible, have your partner attend the

preconception visit with you. Your partner’s

health and lifestyle - including family medical

history and risk factors for infections or birth

defects - are important because they, too, can

affect you and your baby.

At your appointment, your care provider will

likely conduct a complete physical examination,

including a blood pressure check and possibly

updating your pap smear and pelvic exam. Some

of the subjects you might talk about include:

Contraception If you’ve been using birth

control pills, a vaginal ring, the patch, a

contraceptive implant or an intrauterine device

(IUD), you may be able to conceive shortly after

discontinuing use. Some women become

pregnant before their next period. (Not to

worry - an expected due date can still be

determined accurately without knowing the

timing of ovulation.) If a waiting time is desired

after stopping contraception, use condoms or

another barrier method until you’re ready to

become pregnant. For most women, a normal

menstrual cycle will return within three months

of stopping birth control.

If you’ve been using contraceptive injections

(Depo-Provera), you can try to conceive as soon

as you stop receiving regular injections - but it

could take up to 10 months or more for fertility

to return.

Immunizations Infections such as chickenpox

(varicella), German measles (rubella) and

hepatitis B can be dangerous in pregnancy. If

your immunizations aren’t complete or you’re

not sure if you’re immune to certain infections,

your preconception care may include testing for

immunity and receiving one or more vaccines,

preferably at least a month before you try to

conceive.

Chronic medical conditions If you have a

chronic medical condition - such as diabetes,

asthma or high blood pressure - you’ll want to

make sure the condition is under control before

you conceive. In some cases, your care provider

may recommend adjusting your medication or

other treatments before pregnancy. He or she

may also discuss any special care you may need

during your pregnancy.

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