Becoming a Parent

Sperm and EggFrom Person to Parent

Those who have struggled with fertility or who cannot conceive for other reasons often come to the table as relative experts on the subject of how to make a baby. They may know about fertility signs, nutrition, exercise, international adoption regulations, egg and sperm life and more. You may have spent years figuring out how to get from person to parent. When the day comes, however, many are completely unprepared for the actual job.

FeetThe good news is, nothing can really prepare you for parenthood. You will fall into it head-first, bleary-eyed and, frankly, a little lost. Don’t worry! You will learn on the job just like any other parent. The journey is the most amazing you will experience in your lifetime, with challenges of equal magnitude.

Having a child will give you a sense of permanence, or the realization that this life is connected to you forever. It can be overwhelming for some, as that degree of responsibility and love will make everything comparatively small. The most important thing you can do before and after a child is born is to communicate with your spouse, partner or other loved one about what you are feeling. You will need to manage your stress, and talking helps.

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