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Let us help you determine whether its the right time to have a baby

By Faeza
28 November 2016

WHEN it comes to family planning, women have a tendency of wanting to take control of everything from knowing the exact date they will conceive to the actual date of the

arrival of the baby. However, in reality it doesn’t always happen that way.

IS IT THE RIGHT TIME TO HAVE A BABY?

Huggies® Senior Brand Manager, Nthabiseng Leso, says deciding to have a baby is a personal decision, even though it involves two people. “When to have a baby is something a woman and her partner should put a lot of thought and preparation into. How much one prepares depends on their personality, lifestyle and other life circumstances,” she says. “If one feels an internal pull towards motherhood within the confines of a loving relationship, then they should go ahead. For those in high-stress careers, more thought about when and how a little person will impact your life should form part of your decision-making process.”

PREPARING YOUR BODY, MIND AND SOUL

Nthabiseng says women should be aware that their bodies may change for good once they fall pregnant. “Not only will your body change during this time, but the mind works just as hard during labour,” she says. “Learn to release expectations and embrace your experience, find empowering birth stories, read a good birth book and practice listening to your body. Giving birth is a natural part of a woman’s life.” She adds that relaxation is key during pregnancy. Yoga, breathing exercises, rubbing your tummy and talking to the baby can help to keep you calm.

EQUIPPING YOUR PARTNER

A psychologist from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, Mara Zanella, says it is important to let your partner know about your desires to become a mom because he might not be ready. Nthabiseng adds that even though being

YOUR CHILD

Experts share a checklist a woman should have before she decides to have a baby

When is the right time pregnant is a beautiful experience, a lot of men find pregnancy a little overwhelming. "The key is to involve your partner from the start to keep him excited and interested. An uninvolved partner may start to feel helpless and back away instead of stepping up and supporting you," says Nthabiseng.

GETTING YOUR FINANCES IN ORDER

“Although most new parents are shocked by the amount of money that goes towards caring for a baby, there are some steps you can take to get your finances in order and lessen the financial burden before your baby arrives,” says Nthabiseng.

TIPS ON SAVING MONEY BEFORE THE BABY ARRIVES

¯ Track where your money is going, account for all your expenses and cut down on these.

¯ Stock up on baby essentials such as nappies. Consider the Huggies® New Baby range. The range has SoftAbsorb technology and is the softest nappy range from Huggies® inside and out, offering a soft liner which absorbs runny poo and wetness in seconds.