Deciding to expand your family is a decision that doesn’t come lightly to most of us. After all, you and your partner have been happy just living the two of you in domesticated bliss. Maybe you’re flying solo and want to explore the idea of finding a donor that has what you’d look for in your offspring. Perhaps you’ve already had a child or two and are ready to grow your brood. No matter which path you’re taking to plan to expand your family, there are tips for doing so and even more tips for having the best possible pregnancy. Let’s take a look at some of the top things to consider when planning your pregnancy and while going through it.

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Buy in Bulk to Stay Prepared

They say that luck favors the prepared – more valid words have likely never been spoken. Whether you’re a fly by the seat of your pants type of person or you plan every detail months in advance, you’re going to want to be prepared either way with certain essential items. If you’ve already been trying to conceive for a while and haven’t had success yet, it’s worth investing in ovulation kits to help you know when you’re ovulating, and it’s time to get it on. At the same time, you’re going to want to have bulk pregnancy tests on hand, because let’s face it – a lot of trying to conceive is peeing on sticks. So, stock up on the earlier mentioned items, that way, you’re ready every time!

A New Wardrobe

Sure, you may have the best-laid plans of dressing in a capsule wardrobe for the rest of your life, but your needs will change not only during pregnancy (which is obvious) but maybe even while trying to conceive. When you’re going for a baby, and it’s not coming quickly to you and your partner, you’re going to be getting intimate – a lot. Not that things will get boring, these acts are always exhilarating, but keep the connection and fire going by investing in some sexy intimates to wear during your interactions. Additionally, you may want some loungewear and luxe robes to relax on days where you get bad news and feel like binge-watching Netflix on the couch. Of course, once you do get pregnant, you can start shopping for maternity clothes in your traditional style. Just go ahead and treat yourself to some fashion pieces that keep you feeling beautiful and at peace while you embark on this journey – you deserve it!

Healthy Habits

Whenever you’re trying to conceive, you’re aware of a lot of different supplements that will help boost not only your levels but your partner’s levels as well. Essential supplements to increase fertility for both men and women are Selenium, Zinc, Vitamins E, D, and C. You should also add Coq10 and Folic Acid into your regimen as the woman trying to conceive. Remember, though, that supplements are supposed to piggyback on top of the efforts you make toward a healthy diet and active lifestyle – so keep yourself as healthy as possible from conception, pregnancy, and beyond.

When it comes to what you eat, there are some items on the “restricted” list as far as pregnancy goes, but no matter where you are on your baby journey, eating foods in their purest and whole form as possible is your best bet. Health is wealth, as they say, so make sure you’re eating right, maintaining an active lifestyle, and getting plenty of sleep.

A Getaway

Hopefully, you weren’t expecting a traditional list that included nursing bras and books like “What To Expect” because you need more than that in your arsenal during this journey. Why not take a getaway during an ovulation window to make a memory in more ways than one? Or, if you’ve already conceived, taking a “Babymoon” is more and more common these days. You want to get in precious time with your partner before the baby arrives, and your world is turned upside down. But upside down in the most exciting, joyful way that is worth it. A getaway benefits everyone involved, whichever side of the baby spectrum you are on. Besides, it’s essential to de-stress during pregnancy!

When everything is said and done, you will find your dream family, whether that’s through pregnancy, adoption, fostering, or any other way that life turns out. One thing is for sure when it comes to pregnancy – expect the unexpected. Life has a beautiful way of turning out exactly as it was meant to. Here’s to you and the future!