It’s becoming increasingly common for couples to have dual incomes. With the economy struggling, jobs paying less than ever before, and opportunities being found everywhere for both men and women, it makes sense that both sides of a couple would want to be at work.
Of course, when you approach life like this, it can make other dreams hard to achieve. Your body won’t wait for your career or personal life to be ready for a child and this means that those who want to make their family in later life need to plan ahead.
To help you out with this, this post will be exploring these plans, giving you an idea of each of the steps you need to make.
The Plan’s Conditions
It can be all too easy to make the mistake of letting your plans take too long when you don’t set solid conditions for them. If you want to build your career before having children, it will be crucial that you know exactly how long you’re going to give yourself to achieve this goal.
Most women will be at their most fertile between the ages of 20 and 40, but you could easily find yourself working for far longer than this if your goals are harder to reach than you anticipated.
At some point, you might have to choose between work and a child, and your plan’s conditions should iron this out from the very beginning.
The Plans To Make
Alongside giving your plan some conditions, it will also make sense to make the plans which go along with them. This can be approached much like a business plan, with targets for you to reach each year and milestones which will give you an idea of how well you’re doing at each stage.
This plan should include when you will be having your child, along with things like the type of home you’ll be living in, the job and position you will have, and the amount of money you’ll need to be making. With all of this on paper, it will be much easier to achieve.
The Backup Plan
As mentioned above, it can be all too easy to find yourself running out of time when it comes to your plans. It can be hard to predict what life will be like in ten years, and some people will want to wait even longer than this.
A big part of an IVF procedure involves removing and storing an egg from a mother’s body. These eggs can be stored for a very long time and will give you a backup plan if you find yourself unable to have children by the time you are ready.
Having said this, most people will take the approach that they can have a child naturally – and many do.
With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of planning for a child in later life. Many people are choosing to go down a route like this, and it can be a good idea if you’re worried about progressing in your career.
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Are you choosing to have a child in later life? I did. I had my first born at 40. Fortunately, I didn’t have to go the IVF route. I did have a couple of miscarriages before I fell pregnant but at least falling pregnant wasn’t a problem for us. How has the experience been for you?