To become a parent is one of the best experiences in life, but there are also a lot of complications to face, especially if you are unprepared.You might have heard from the elders and the experienced that having a baby and being a parent is the most natural thing in the world. If you believe them, it is almost like climbing a tree, it comes naturally to you once you start doing it. But the truth is a little more complicated than what they tell you.
If you become pregnant unexpectedly, you and your partner might decide to keep the baby, but to go for the option without talking about it will only make things difficult in the future. It is absolutely okay to decide to go for a baby after you discover being pregnant, but to bring in a child into this world without even thinking if you are ready to have a baby or not, is not a right decision. Here are a few things to help you be prepared for a baby.
Are you emotionally ready?: Physically you might be capable of delivering a baby, but you will also need to consider the emotional aspects. Bringing a child into this world will also bring in a lot of changes to both you and your partner’s life. You will need to be emotionally ready to let a child come into your lives before opting to have a baby.
Are you both ready?: There are times when one of the partners is eager to have a baby while the other one is a reluctant participant. Parenthood is a joint effort, especially if you are married, or in a relationship. So if one of you feels that you are not ready for a baby at this time, then you need to sit down and talk about your reservations.
Are you financially ready?: Let’s face the facts here, having a baby might sound easy enough but it is actually an expensive affair. There are a lot of things to consider before having a baby, starting from diapers to food to education; and none of these come cheap. If you are not very financially sound and are barely getting through your day, it is not prudent to bring a child into it as well. So, before making the decision, you might want to check on your bank balance and keep in mind that your partner might be the only one bringing in the bread for a while.
Are you physically ready?: Although this part is mostly taken care of by your consultants and doctors, sometimes an expectant parent decides to go ahead with a complicated pregnancy and not give it up. It is understandable that a mother-to-be cannot bear the pain of losing a baby, but it is far better to heed the advice of your doctors than suffer through complications in future. It might not only pose a hazard for you but also for your baby’s health as well.
If you have considered the physical, emotional and financial implications of having a baby and you are still happy about the prospect, it is clear that you are ready for a baby.