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When to be a parent? Decide carefully

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Parents often say that having a baby changed their lives. It is true that having a child is a life altering event. However young couples often face pressure from families and friends to have a baby. Though they mean well, being goaded into having a baby is not the best-case scenario.

Since this is one of the most important decisions of your life, please take time and consider all your options before you embark on this journey.

Here are the points you must consider before trying for a baby:

Consent of both partners: In case your spouse is still not ready to be a parent please give him/her some more time and be patient. Being a parent is a huge responsibility, do not force anyone into it.

Plan for changes in lifestyle: Plan for the changes you will need to make once you conceive and then deliver the baby. You may need help from family members and may have to arrange for some flexibility at work. A baby will also mean added expenditures. It will help if you start planning on these early on.

Health issues: Healthy parents are more likely to have a healthy baby; hence one should start exercising and eat healthy before conceiving. Also consider a thorough check up of both partners to rule out passing on hereditary diseases.

We often hear that thirty is the threshold for women to have babies, please know it has no scientific basis and women often give birth to perfectly healthy kids post thirty. So take an informed decision and plan ahead so that you can enjoy the joys of parenthood.

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