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5 Things To Do Before You Get Pregnant

If you have babies on the brain, it's tempting to get down to business. But before you start popping prenatal vitamins and charting your ovulation, you might want to cross a few items off your to-do list. Babies are fantastic, yes, but they take up lots of time and energy: So now’s the time to focus on enjoying yourself — and your partner — for a few precious months. Then you’ll be ready to get into baby-making mode.

Take a grown-up vacation.

Traveling with a newborn or toddler isn’t impossible, but it’s decidedly easier to travel without. Just thinking about orchestrating that packing list (portable crib, car seat, stroller, and 2,508 diapers, to start) is enough to give even the most organized parent pause. Pre-baby, make an effort to appreciate how luxurious and just plain easy it is to travel with just your partner. And don’t you dare go to Disney World! Pick an “adult” destination, like wine country or an adults-only resort, where you can enjoy mixing and mingling with grown-ups — without witnessing any munchkin meltdowns.

Challenge yourself physically.

Building and birthing a baby aren’t the only amazing things your body can do. Maybe you’ve always wanted to run a marathon, complete a triathlon, or climb a mountain. Do it now! Once you’re pregnant, your body isn’t just yours anymore — and you may not be up to a rigorous training schedule. Yes, you can still exercise post-baby, but finding the time and energy to train might keep you off the jogging track or Mt. Kilimanjaro for at least a year or two.

Move to a new place — or at least talk about the possibility.

You might be perfectly happy where you are, but maybe your husband always wanted to live by the ocean. Or maybe you always regretted not spending a semester in Paris. If either of you has wanderlust, you might as well discuss a potential pre-baby move, especially if you’re in a cramped space and need to make room for another. Relocating gets infinitely more difficult when you’re uprooting an extra person — and even more so if you wait until she’s in school and has friends.

Do one risky thing that you'd never, ever do as a parent.

If you’ve been tempted to try bungee jumping, off-trail skiing, or skydiving, scratch that itch before the baby arrives. Braving risky stunts is entirely different when you have a wee one depending on you.

Pay a visit to the places you adore — but would never bring a baby to.

Yes, you’ll eventually make your way back to Chez Fancy Pants before your baby starts kindergarten, but a meal at a posh restaurant is a little less special when you know your parents can watch the kids until only 8 p.m., or you’re paying your sitter by the hour. Make those “last suppers” a little more special by lingering over your meal and ordering an extra-special bottle of wine. Museum buffs may want to do a bit of gallery hopping before they hop into bed for baby-making.

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