If you have been following me for a while, you know I have been in the “waiting to conceive” phase for a long time!
I’ve been thinking a lot about how important this time is, so I thought I’d share some things I’ve learned and have been doing during this time.
I think the biggest and most important thing to recognize, no matter where you are in the “waiting to conceive” period, is that it’s never too early to start prepping.
We can probably all agree that pregnancy is one of the single most important events of our entire lives. Why wait until we’re ready to start actively trying to conceive to start preparing?
Waiting to conceive or prepping to conceive is a marathon - not a sprint. Just like birth, just like breastfeeding, just like parenting.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me to not start preparing to some extent, if you know you want to have kids some day.
Why wait until the last minute to learn? That will add a lot of stress, panic, and overwhelm.
It’s a very modern and non-traditional practice to not learn anything about pregnancy and birth before becoming pregnant.
Our ancestors and families, up until more recent generations, were very exposed to and versed in pregnancy and birth long before it was their time, because it was a part of their culture.
We didn’t start studying for our ACTs/SATs on the day of the test to get a good score to get into college. We didn’t start studying for finals on the day of the final. So why do we treat pregnancy like this in our society?
The sooner we start preparing and learning, the better and less stressful we can all make our pregnancies.