Pregnancy is an important event for any women. It is also the commencement of an exciting new life. It should be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for all involved. However, some women embark on pregnancy with a degree of fear and trepidation.
This may be because pregnancy is a previously uncharted journey for them, or because they have suffered complications in a previous pregnancy, or perhaps they have a pre-existing medical condition that they feel may effect or be affected by pregnancy. Despite the importance of pregnancy it is not unusual for couples to stumble into it.
Everyone wants a healthy outcome of their pregnancy, but everyone try their own ideas about pregnancy. An awareness of the benefits of preparing for pregnancy, an understanding of pregnancy, birth and the complications that can occur will help dispel any fear and can influence outcome. It is recognized that women who learn about pregnancy and childbirth are more likely to have a better experience of labour and delivery.
Knowledge will also allow greater participation in the choices that require to be made in the management of your pregnancy. Ideally, you should start preparing yourself for pregnancy for about 3 to 4 months before you actually try to conceive. The time to start taking care of your body is before you get pregnant. You increase your odds of having a healthy baby if you are in the best possible physical condition before you conceive.
It’s important to consider such additional factors as your physical and emotional readiness for parenthood, the career costs of having a baby, and your financial situation. Your physical and nutritional well being will impact the very early growth of the embryo, perhaps before you even know you’re pregnant, and will be a critical determinant of pregnancy outcome.