Tips For Successful Pregnancy Planning

Pregnancy planning is one of the most memorable and significant phases in a couple’s life. It is exciting and endearing, full of anxiety, anticipation, tears and joy. Putting all the emotional highs and excitement apart – at least for a while, you need to know the practical side of the affair too.

The Art Of Parenting

Parenthood requires the right perspective. It demands commitment and sacrifice. This is a transitional phase where individuals undergo physical and psychological changes. The first prerequisite to pregnancy planning is to be emotionally well prepared for it. Remember this will require a lot of your time, energy and resources.

Ask yourself a few questions. Is the existing emotional, financial and physical condition good enough to bring a baby into your life? Are both of you employed? What is the nature of the job involved? How will you manage once the baby is born? Do you both have the right understanding of how to bring up a child? Will both of you be able to support each other through the ups and downs of parenting?

Remember an extra member means extra expenses. Having an idea of the expenses and getting prepared financially for it is also an important part of pregnancy planning. The smart way is to start saving beforehand. Some couples start saving as soon as they get married. You can have a regular saving plan and put it aside as child care fund.

Apart from all the physical comforts a baby needs an emotionally warm and secure environment to grow. Taking professional help can help to a large extent. Sign into a pre-pregnancy program as couples or individuals. Expert advice and interaction with group members will help gain more practical insights in successful conception and parenting.

Know Your Body

Your physical health is as important as your emotional health. A visit to your pregnancy planning counselor or health care provider will give you information on all the intricacies involved. If you have been on a contraceptive pill, discontinue it. This will help your body get accustomed to the natural cycle of your reproductive system. It will also help in determining the ovulation period and hence the expected due date. Ovulation period is that time of your cycle when the ovaries release egg(s). It is considered the best time for the woman to conceive.

For a 28 day cycle ovulation roughly happens about the 14th day. However this cycle differs from woman to woman. It is important to remember that this process can begin two or three days early or be delayed by two or three days. A pregnancy calendar will enable you to keep record of your menstrual cycle. This can be used as a guide to determine the ovulation days appropriate for successful conception.

Another way to determine the most fertile days is to watch out for bodily changes. Rise in body temperature for two or three days and bodily discharges are the usual symptoms that occur during this time. Over-the-counter ovulation test kits are also available. Seek professional help to know more details. Discuss with your health care supervisor and your partner and then decide on how you want to proceed with your pregnancy planning schedule.