Top Things to Consider When Thinking About Becoming a Parent

Becoming a parent is both exciting and terrifying. If you are due to have your first child, or you are planning to start a new family, then you might have a million different questions. This is completely normal, and something all new parents go through. It is going to be a big change and require a lot of adaptations to your current lifestyle. It isn’t impossible, but it may be a challenge. To help you on your journey and to help you keep the process as exciting as possible, here are some top things to consider when you become a parent. 

Mental health support 

Whether you have a spouse or you are going to be a single parent, you must consider your mental health. This includes your current state of mind, as well as ensuring that you have a support system around you. Becoming a parent will mean your life is going to change, and you will have another human being with lots of needs that you are going to learn about. It is going to be a bumpy ride – your body is going to change, your hormones will fluctuate, you will lose sleep and there is likely to be a lot of stress in the beginning as you adapt to your new life. You must have a support system, and if you feel you need it, someone you can trust to talk to. This might be a friend, family member, or a therapist. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. 

Looking after your physical body 

If you are going to carry your first child, then your body is going to change. You want to make sure you are doing as much as you can to take care of yourself because that will mean taking care of your unborn child. You can do this by exercising regularly, going for walks, taking specialist yoga classes, and seeking prenatal chiropractic care if you feel it is necessary. 

Your financial situation 

Your finances are going to be crucial to becoming a parent. You will have a whole other person who is going to be financially dependent on you for the next 18 or more years. If you don’t have much money, then having a baby may cause you a lot of stress, which is the last thing you need. Before you have your baby, consider your financial situation, create an emergency fund, and ensure you have enough money coming in to support your family. You will need to purchase extra things like food, clothes, toys, a car seat, a pushchair, a cot, nappies, and lots more items. You don’t have to buy these all new though. Things like toys and pushchairs can be purchased via charities or friends who no longer need theirs. Conduct research and speak to other parents to find out what you are going to need, and how expensive having a baby is. This will help you plan your finances accordingly, and you can live life with your family comfortably. 

Having a baby is going to be a challenge. Make sure you set yourself up for success by following these top tips. 

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Jodi Carlson is a mother of 2 children, wife, and a full time product owner at a large Insurance company. She is a mom just trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. She shares countless tips and tricks of things she has experienced first hand with her kids. As she continues to guide and teach them to become caring, sensible and responsible human beings, all while working a full time job, maintaining a home and some how still allowing for some personal time and growth. Are you a Girl Scout Leader? Along with Mom Connecting Moms, she shares her 25+ years of Girl Scout experience over at Leader Connecting Leaders , there she shares ideas and resources to help leaders who are inspiring girl leaders of tomorrow plan their troop meetings. Check out Leader Connecting Leaders .