Deciding to have a baby with your partner is easily one of the biggest steps you can take in a relationship.
Like all big decisions in relationships, there are some serious questions that all couples should ask themselves and each other before deciding to have a baby.
From how to prepare to conceive to considerations around parental leave, here are eight things absolutely everyone should ask their partner before having a baby.
Do we have enough space to accommodate a child?
Before trying to conceive, you and your partner should consider the practicalities of having a baby.
Is there currently enough space at home to accommodate a child? Are there sufficient childcare facilities and schools nearby? If we intend to use extended family for help with childcare in the future, do they live nearby, or should we move closer to them?
It’s also a good time to chat about practicalities like your car/s. For instance, does your current vehicle have enough space to accommodate a rear-facing car seat and a pram? Will you need one or two car seats once the baby comes?
How will we prepare ourselves to start trying for a baby?
When you first decide you'd like to start trying for a baby, it’s a good idea to talk to your healthcare professional about any lifestyle changes that will need to be made before trying to conceive.
It’s also a good idea for your partner to talk with their healthcare professional to get advice on what they can do to help you with preparing for pregnancy.
Your healthcare professional can advise you on any current medications you may be taking, the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle and regular exercise while trying to conceive, and any relevant tests that may be required.