So what are the advantages to planning ahead to become pregnant? Here are just a few for you to think about.
If you can plan for pregnancy, it will give you and your partner the chance to adopt a healthier lifestyle. This could make getting pregnant, the pregnancy itself and childbirth easier. This could make getting pregnant, the pregnancy itself and childbirth easier. Making sure you are healthy can also help make sure your baby gets off to a good start in life.
Planning for pregnancy will also give you the chance to make sure both you and your partner are sexually healthy before you start trying to get pregnant.
Find out more on our page on sexual health and pregnancy.
Planning pregnancy could make a big difference to your job and career. For example, if you have been with the company for a long time, mothers can expect a better deal on maternity pay, paid leave and how long your employer will be obliged to keep your job open. Becoming pregnant soon after starting with a new employer could risk this stability throughout your maternity leave.
Planning pregnancy will allow you to sort your finances out and, hopefully, to put away a little money to cover all those baby essentials.
You also need to think about your home. If you are living with parents or friends it might not be easy to have a baby around. You need to make sure your house is a safe environment for a child and you might want to make some changes to your home.
If you already have children or other caring responsibilities, planning pregnancy could make it easier for you.
For example, it might be better to wait until young children start primary school before having another baby. If you intend relying on grandparents for some of your childcare, it might be wise to wait until they retire.
It’s important to think about what your relationship is like – everyone goes through rocky patches but a baby isn’t a good way to fix a damaged relationship. Having a baby adds pressure to any relationship so it’s a good idea to sort out any issues before you have children.
With age comes experience. There's nothing at all wrong with becoming a young parent, but the longer you wait the more the lessons you learn through living which will help you cope with the stresses and strains of having a family.