Whether you are trying to conceive now, thinking about kids in the future, or looking for the perfect words of advice for friends who trying too, then have a read (and share) our ultimate list of things you need to get sorted before you get pregnant.
How many can you check off the list?
Get your health in order.
Visit the dentist, look into the different vitamins required and check out your health care plans.
Cut down (or completely stop) drinking.
Even a small amount of alcohol can impact a growing baby so it’s best to stop completely. Making the switch to juice and water now can make it easier when you do become pregnant.
Indulge on soft ice cream.
Go on a trip… and pack only one bag.
You’ll never get away with taking only one bag anywhere ever again!
Wear pretty clothes… often.
Just because you can. And know that you won’t be left with milk stains or spit-up marks.
Write down a restaurant and bar hot-spot list and tick off at least five.
Not going to lie – late night dinners and Friday night after-work drinks aren’t usually as fun with kids in tow.
Take a dream vacation.
Overseas flights are so much more relaxing pre-kids. While travelling with kids has its perks, any extreme holidays are probably best for now rather than when you have a baby in your belly or a child on your lap.
Go to a three-day festival.
And ensure you book at least three days off work after the festival to recover.
Start a 12 month emergency saving fund.
Make a plan of how much you will contribute each month, whether it’s $50 or $500. And stick to it.
Paint the walls a beautiful colour.
Then repaint them again after the toddler years… because you can expect fingerprints, pen marks and a dent or two over the next few years.
Take a road trip.
You don’t even have to have a destination in mind. Simply bring music and flip a coin to see where you end up.
Stay up all night watching a TV series.
And then sleep in.
Start and finish any home renovation project.
Tiling while pregnant or painting with a newborn is never fun.
Use the back seat of your car as much as possible.
Because once you have a baby seat in there, it is no longer your back seat. So store your work bag, your fitness gear and anything else back there now before all of this stuff moves into the front seat with you or gets shoved into the boot.
Turn your spare room into something extra awesome.
Before it becomes a nursery, use this space to its full advantage.
You know that mental list in your head of the books you’ve always wanted to read? Time to get on it!
Splurge on something you’ve wanted for ages.
When you have a baby, there are plenty of opportunities to purchase big ticket items – cots, prams, car seats – but none of them are really for you. So buy something that you’ve always wanted now, even if it’s not on sale or if it simply sits in your wardrobe looking pretty.
Enjoy a three hour brunch.
That turns into a late lunch, early cocktail hour and then possibly an all-night dance session.
Fly first class.
First class is a luxury many cannot afford, but you have a much better chance of it when there is just the one of you. And many popular airlines may soon ban children from flying business and first class. So splurge! And enjoy the extra space.
Go out for dinners and drinks with friends… after 8pm.
And stay out past midnight.
Yes, being a parent changes you. But, most parents agree that it is definitely for the better. Make sure you check out our 50 greatest moments in motherhood and our ultimate bucket list of things to do with your kids.