You’re expecting, and you’re excited. This is an amazing time and it should be a nine-month celebration to prepare to welcome your new child to the world. But there are real life concerns when it comes to pregnancy, some of which may not be covered by insurance. How can you feel confident that your needs can be met while you’re pregnant? Here are 5 tips to keep in mind as you setup your pregnancy budget.
1. Maintain Perspective
A baby will come whether you’re prepared or not. Many young families pregnant for the first time feel like they’re not at all ready for the pending responsibility. Not only do you need to get your life ready for a new person, but there are a variety of costs that will come into play during the pregnancy itself.
Start out by trying to keep perspective. Rather than approaching your budget reactively, be proactive. You have nine months to prepare for the birth of your child, you can accomplish a lot in that time.
2. Let Go of Control
For some parents, the loss of control is enough to send them into a panic attack spiral. Having a child means you need to alter your expectations for control. It’s completely unfamiliar territory, so there will be a learning curve no matter how prepared you are.
At any point during the pregnancy and after your baby is here, there may be unexpected challenges and you’ll need to learn to roll with the punches. But you can include these twists and turns in your budget by setting up additional savings wherever possible.
3. Talk to a Professional
You do not need to do this on your own. There are financial planners who can help you establish a budget within the context of your current cost of living and the increase you’ll have through pregnancy and beyond.
You can even talk directly with your accountant or an investment consultant to learn more ways to save money or budget differently for your growing family.
4. Think Practically
While you’re pregnant, you can start thinking strategically about your spending. For example, you can add must-have items to your registry so friends and family can help offset some of the larger costs.
You can also look at some of your current expenses to see what it is that you can eliminate or alter. There may even be things that you don’t need to pay for in the near future because you’ll be busy with your new baby.
5. Communicate With Your Partner
Throughout all of this, make sure that you’re discussing the financial planning with your partner. Decisions about money should never be made exclusively by one half of a couple. There will be a variety of choices and both perspectives will be equally as important.
If you find yourself arguing about money on a regular basis don’t be afraid to seek counseling to help you both communicate more effectively. Starting now before the baby is born will go a long way to making a comfortable household for your future.
Whether you’re new at this parenting thing or you’re heading into another adventure, preparing for the arrival of your child with financial planning is well worth the extra effort.