Preparing for pregnancy
For many women and their partners, there is no opportunity to prepare for pregnancy.
Some women and their partners might have an opportunity to think and to talk about pregnancy long before it happens.
Having time to prepare gives you a chance to think about things like:
- what it will be like
- how it will change your life
- how it will affect your relationships, your job and other people in your family.
You can’t plan for everything of course because often, no matter how well laid our plans, there can be all kinds of unexpected twists and turns on the journey to becoming a parent. It is important to prepare but it's also good be open and to accept that things won’t always go as planned. But there are many things you can do to prepare and, hopefully, this section will help you to do so.
Am I ready?
You may be a little apprehensive about becoming a parent. This is not unusual. Becoming a parent is a big responsibility and a significant life change.Learn more
Pregnancy without a male partner
These days, less than half of Australian families fit the traditional model of mum, dad and a couple of kids.Learn more
There are many hidden costs with having a baby. From your pregnancy care and the birth, to the costs associated with stopping work for a period of time.Learn more
Work & career
Becoming a parent will impact on all parts of your life, including your work.Learn more
Preparing for a healthy pregnancy
Before you decide to get pregnant take the opportunity to visit your GP.Learn more
Pregnancy & flu
Pregnant women can become quite sick with flu (influenza virus) and are at an increased risk of complications. During flu season it is best to take precautions to protect yourself and your unborn baby.Learn more
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