What to do in life before getting pregnant in a year or two.
July 10, 2014 12:28 PM Subscribe
We're planning on trying for a baby in a year or two. I want a comprehensive list of goals for the time leading up to getting pregnant so that we're ready- psychologically, physically, and in every other way. I think my planned preparations fall under three categories- 1) getting our lives in order 2) enjoying the last of our unchained youth, and 3) practical stuff directly related to the baby. Please help me populate these lists.
posted by cacao to Society & Culture (35 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
I realize that there's no being fully prepared for a baby and that my lists are pretty aggressive and I won't be able to accomplish all these things. But I want to have some serious goals in mind and accomplish most of them to be in a healthier position to take care of a baby and myself. Here are some of the things on our list so far, to give you an idea of what I'm looking for:
1) getting our lives in order: living in a home and geography that we're happy to stay put in for 5 years, which is reasonably safe and baby friendly but still fun, developing healthier eating and exercise routines including losing my extra 15 pounds, seeing a therapist personally and as a couple, clean up our finances a little
2) enjoying the last of our unchained youth: have lots of sex (with each other and for fun, not with the intention of having a baby yet), go on one big international trip together (as a married couple before becoming parents)
3) practical stuff directly related to the baby/getting pregnant: taking prenatal vitamins. developing a better support network of doctors (moving around a lot means I don't really have this right now) including a general practitioner, ob/gyn, and dentist, as well as have good pediatricians identified.
So what's missing? Thank you for any and all suggestions.