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For most people, a baby is the celebration of life and the fulfilment of the loving relationship between partners. It is also the decisive step from couple to family life. Beyond the joy of having a baby, it is important to answer the question with your partner: are we ready to have a baby? Don’t overlook the fact that a baby is a major responsibility and a life-changing event.
Here are some landmarks that might help you find out for yourself.
A child cannot solve couple problems
The birth of a baby can’t strengthen a shaky relationship. That’s why your little one shouldn’t be a “lifeline” for misunderstandings and frustrations between the two of you.
Make sure you have a stable relationship based on honesty, affection and respect that makes you happy and fulfilled.
A child should not be conceived under pressure from others
You have been married for some time and the inevitable question arises: when will you have a child? Relatives and friends may have laudable intentions, but may commit small indiscretions without realising it.
No need to give in to the insistence and curiosity of others – you and your spouse/partner are the only ones who decide when the time is right!
The birth of a child requires a significant investment of time, money and affection
As parents, you will need to put your child at the top of your priorities, even if it means less time for just the two of you, or a break from your professional career.
Your relationship will change and it is up to you to turn the difficult moments of the first months into memorable moments in your family life.
Your little one needs your attention, love and care and will demand, especially in the early years, most of the energy you now invest in hobbies and everyday activities.
You can’t ignore the fact that as well as time, love and dedication, a child comes with significant financial costs.
Find out you’re okay
You’ll bear the responsibility for a new life together – make sure you can give your baby the best start. First of all, you both need to know that your health is under control.
Ask your doctor for a series of routine tests and if you have certain conditions (acute or chronic), find out how well they can be controlled and whether they might interfere in any way with your child’s development.
You can also choose to test at home with Self Care Diagnostic rapid tests for certain conditions.