Are You Ready for a Baby?Having a baby is going to change your life, and it’s vital to be sure you can cope with that. If you or your partner don’t normally react well to change, the changes a baby brings may be a problem.
Preparing Your BodyYour diet is vital, both to give you a better chance of conceiving and for a healthy pregnancy. If you’re either overweight or underweight, it can cause hormonal imbalances, so try to get your body mass index (BMI) between 19 and 25. This should be done gradually by eating a healthy diet, rather than by starvation diets or gorging.
For both successful conception and keeping your unborn baby healthy, you need a good intake of folic acid, iron, calcium and vitamin D. These can be found in foods like fruit and vegetables, lean meat, fish, wholegrains and cereals, eggs, dairy produce, pulses and nuts. Folic acid is the most vital, and it would be a good idea to consult your doctor about whether you need to take a supplement.
If you smoke or take recreational drugs, you should definitely quit before trying for a baby, and either cut out alcohol and caffeine or keep them to a minimum. Establishing a regular exercise regime will also help you physically and mentally through pregnancy and birth.
If you’re in reasonable shape and you’re sure a baby is what you really want, then go for it. You’re about to embark on the greatest adventure in the world.