Pregnancy is one of the biggest life changes you will ever experience. Take this quiz to see if you’re physically and mentally ready for a baby.
1. How much sleep do you get a day?
a. Minimum of eight hours
b. Less than six hours
c. I’m too busy with work to get much sleep
2. Which spouse should cut down on caffeine/alcohol intake before trying to conceive?
a. The woman
c. The man
3. Is your relationship ready for a new addition?
a. Yes, my husband and I would be thrilled
b. I am hoping a baby will bring us closer
c. Well, we have to be, due to family pressure
4. Do you have the financial means?
b. No, but I’m prepared to cut spending
c. I’ll cross the bridge when I come to it
5. Are you ready for lifestyle changes?
a. Yes, we know there are sacrifices to be made
b. Yes, and I do have the support of family
c. My life won’t change at all
6. How is your sex life?
b. Great, but friendship is more important
7. Do you smoke?
b. A few sticks a day but I’m trying to quit
c. Yes, a pack a day
8. Are you on a balanced diet?
a. Yes, including calcium and vitamin supplements
b. I eat anything and don’t keep track
c. I am on a diet
You aren’t quite ready for parenthood and you should be better prepared before you start trying. Consider a change to your current lifestyle and work at strengthening your marriage as a couple before you consider adding a new member to the family.
You may still have some thinking to do before you are ready to conceive. Discuss baby issues with your spouse and be sure to highlight any anxieties you feel. But remember: some of the best mums and dads started out being nervous about parenthood!
Congratulations! You are taking positive steps towards your pregnancy and doing all you can to ensure a comfortable road of discovery ahead for all parties involved. Chances are, you’ll have a healthier and happy baby. A healthy relationship and a strong family requires work and commitment prior to getting pregnant.
Note: This quiz is not intended as a substitute for counselling and informed medical advice.