There is more to pregnancy planning than conception. Dr. Ahmadinia advises patients to look at the big picture, not just the future little bundle of joy.

Start by asking yourself a few questions: Are you ready to have a baby? Can you financially afford a baby? Do you have health insurance? Will you be able to survive during maternity leave? Do you have a living will? These of are just a few considerations you need to ask yourself before you conceive a baby.

The one question not listed above is the most important question of all: Are you healthy? More specifically, do you need to quit smoking, drinking, start eating better, exercising, lower your stress level, etc.? These are the questions you’ll be asked when you visit Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN.

Having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby all start before conception, so if pregnancy planning is your goal Dr. Ahmadinia can help steer you in the right direction.

If you have not thought about the other questions above during your pregnancy planning, you have to think about them now. If you are in great physical and mental health before conception, then you will have an easier pregnancy.

Part of having a healthy pregnancy and baby includes having all of your ducks in a row. That is where the other questions come into play.

For example, if something happened to you and the baby’s father—Heaven forbid—you would need a will for a few reasons. First, for your baby’s financial future: life insurance policies are very important in this context. Second, for the security of your baby’s development: figuring out and putting on paper the baby’s legal guardians can serve to be essential. That needs to be decided and written down to make sure your wishes are carried out, especially if you don’t want crazy Aunt Mary raising your child.

Assuming you have a spouse or significant other, will their income be enough to pay the bills and buy all the things the baby will need while you are on maternity leave? If not, then you need to hold off a little while on conception and get a nice little egg nest built up. If you don’t need to use it, then your child’s college fund is already started.

There are so many things that women and men need to take into consideration before becoming pregnant. If you live in Apple Valley or Victorville in Los Angeles County, make an appointment to visit Dr. Ahmadinia. He can help you set everything neatly in place before conception, and this will allow you to enjoy your pregnancy and not worry the entire time.