From the article: 6 Reasons You Need to Plan Conception
Planning for pregnancy is important physically but there are also other factors like work schedules and such to take into account. Did you think about how your pregnancy timing would effect your job or school schedule? Was there something you needed to plan your pregnancy around? Did your maternity leave get extended if you gave birth at a certain part of the year? When trying to conceive (TTC) did this stress you out trying to time ovulation? Or was getting pregnant a focal point and the timing just gravy? Share Your Experience
- My first son was born in an unseasonably hot May. I was miserable those last few weeks of pregnancy, and I also really struggled with keeping my newborn cool enough in the hot summer months that followed. I vowed not to attempt conception in any month that would give me another summer baby. Things worked out, as our next one is due this winter.
Planned Around School
- We wanted to start trying much earlier than what we did with number 2 to have a spring baby but then I found out I would be finishing my schooling sooner than I planned. We waited that few extra months. Now I will have a nice winter holiday vacation to focus on our new baby boy due in two weeks!
- We had insurance but our maternity coverage wouldn't kick in until a certain point. While we wanted to try sooner we knew that it was best to wait until after this period to get pregnant.
- —Guest Kacie
Husband's Residency Schedule
- We tried to plan our baby's birth to happen early in the year that my husband, a surgical resident, had set aside for research. While he still had work, it was easier for him to take leave and he had a lighter call schedule meaning that he'd be more available to help me and spend time with our baby. We knew it wouldn't necessarily work out that way - but we could at least try!