when to have a baby

Right Time to Have a Baby? Is there a Magic Number?

Is there a right time to have a baby?

One of the most important things to ask when you want to start a family is a right time to have a baby.

Why?

It is because parenting is a big decision. It is not something that people decide on a whim. Knowing that your child will be fully dependent on you especially on the early years of his or her life. Parents must learn to plan ahead and set the right conditions for the best of their child. In this post, we will talk about when is the right time to have a baby.

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A magic number?

So parents may ask, is there a magic number when is comes to having a baby? Is there a specific age of the mom or the dad that will provide maximum benefits for child-rearing? We’ll tell you the answer. The answer is…

None.

There is no specific age, nor situation, nor “feeling”. BUT, there are some very important considerations if you do want to plan. In this post, we will talk about 5 things to consider about the right time to have a baby.

Physical readiness

In order to have a good chance of having a baby, we have to understand our own bodies first. Is the mother physically ready to have a child? Things like weight, blood and urine levels, nutrition, vaccinations, are all important to consider before deciding. Not also that, we must consider the father’s health as well in order to deliver a good set of sperm. You can find a physical readiness checklist by clicking here.

Age is also a big factor when it comes to planning to have a baby. Emerging studies show that there are more risks in having a baby at ages over 35 compared to having a baby at a younger age. This is because of the quality of the sex cells, as well as the mother’s body to handle the child’s growth.

Emay Smart Basal Thermometer and Fertility Monitor (for iOS and Android) – Accurate Ovulation Tracker to Get Pregnant Faster

I recommend making use of this tool to keep track of your basal temperature and find the right time of your ovulation. During ovulation, the basal temperature rises 0.5-1 degree than usual. This is perfect if you’re having a hard time conceiving and want to find out the perfect timing.

Mental readiness

Another consideration about be mental readiness. Pregnancy can be a mentally taxing both for the husband and wife. The rigorous check-ups, bodily changes, mood swings, and all of those things can take a toll. The husband and wife must talk about their personal concerns before going through having a baby.

You are getting through pregnancy together. It involves teamwork and learning to support each other in this new experience which has its ups and downs.

Here is a really good book that will help you know what to expect when you’re expecting a baby. If you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” will help you be prepared with the things you might not necessarily know about having a baby.

Financial readiness

Are you ready to pay for check-ups, supplements, hospital admissions, maternal clothing, and (I hope not) emergency C-sections?

Getting pregnant also involves thinking ahead of the financial expenses that not only involve before and during pregnancy, but after pregnancy as well. Buying clothes, bottles, diapers, crib, hygiene and feeding tools–there’s a lot to think about! Here is a checklist to help you prepare before your baby’s delivery.

No, this is not to discourage you.

This is more of helping you be prepared of what is to come. It is important to shop ahead for the things that your infant needs. Thankfully, you don’t have to even go out of your way because even baby nursery care kits are available in Amazon. Here are some amazing bargains for whole sets that are available online for your baby.

Schedule readiness

Sure, you want to have a baby. But does your career, family responsibilities, and all the other things you juggle in your limited time allow you to actually be pregnant and take care of your infant especially in the first few months?

Maybe you have to block out some schedule commitments.

Reduce your job from being full time to part time.

Or get a bed rest if you do get a delicate pregnancy. We have to anticipate these schedule changes in order to accommodate your new family member.

Spiritual readiness

We have to understand that life is something very precious. When we know that we are being responsible for another person’s life, we should value the spiritual aspect of things as well. The Bible says in Psalm 127:3

“Behold, children are a heritage from theĀ Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”

We believe that life is a gift, and children are gifts from God.

What more better way to honor this gift by planning ahead, taking care of our bodies and praying together about God’s will in our family life. Charles and I are planning together and praying together about that day we finally decide and it is important for us to have a sound agreement.

We want to be first and foremost godly parents to raise godly children. We are a work in progress, but we are continuously communicating and seeking God’s will about the right time to have a baby.

How are you getting ready for a baby? Do you have specific plans? We would like to know.

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Hello, my name is Angeline. I am a speech therapist by profession but I am passionate about a lot of things and I always want to write about them. Nice seeing you here!