WEGO Health Activist Prompt 13: What should I do before I get pregnant?

For the month of April, I’m participating in WEGO Health’s Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge Prompts. If you’d like more information or want to participate, too, please visit: Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge.

Today’s WEGO Health Activist Writing Month Prompt is: “Open a book to any page – take the first line you see. That’s that title of your blog post. What does your post say? Write it in less than 20 minutes.”

Conveniently enough I have a copy of The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit on the table beside me. This is the first passage I saw upon opening it a moment ago: “What should I do before I get pregnant?”

The issue of trying to start a family is nearly always on my mind. I’ve talked about it a lot here, and I still have no concrete conclusions. I’ve done the research, I’ve discussed it with people I love and trust and my husband and I have talked and talked and talked. Ultimately I need to be able to feel like I can handle pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood, so I have to be the one to make the final decision. But I wish someone else could just tell me what to do. It feels like an impossible decision to make.

Although I’m still confused and stressed out, The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit has been a wonderful source of information about my questions. The subtitle of the book is “Managing Your Headaches From Puberty to Menopause.” It truly covers everything from childhood through the change of life and then some.

If you’re anything like me and agonizing about this decision or not as neurotic as I am and simply need accurate, easy to understand information about the issues we deal with as women with migraines, this is a great resource.

The other resource I would like to recommend is the book Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby by Cheryl Alkon. Since I not only have to balance pregnancy with migraines, depression, etc., but also balance it with type 2 diabetes, I was elated to come across a resource for women who are trying to conceive despite their diabetes. It’s an intelligent, reassuring resource.

Both of these books were published within the last year, so they’re as up to date as anything you’re going to find out there, if not more so.

Are any of you trying to make the decision of when to start a family? How are you handling it?

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