Here are some questions you may 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 become pregnant or enjoy my pregnancy? What about for my partner?
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?
Is your body ready?
Determining if your body is primed for the task at hand is equally as important as being emotionally and financially ready. Learn more about preconception planning to find how to boost your chances of a healthy pregnancy.
How to get pregnant
If you're wondering what the best approach is to becoming pregnant, what you need to know, and some tips to help you form that perfect union of egg and sperm, see these tips for becoming pregnant.
Are you pregnant?
Maybe your period is a day or two late, or maybe it's just a gut feeling you have, but you think you might be pregnant. If you've been trying to conceive, look for these common pregnancy symptoms. Once you determine that you are pregnant, call the OB-GYN Team to make a prenatal appointment. Your first visit is typically eight weeks into your pregnancy.
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