Google: Find me a baby.

When you’re first thinking about getting pregnant, a wise place to start is by tracking your cycles to know the best days to have sex for conception.

Knowing when you ovulate can help you time intercourse—not to mention date night—so it’s good to get to know your body’s normal patterns even months in advance of trying to conceive.

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5. Start charting your cycle

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Having a newborn is challenging at the best of times, but during forced isolation and in a climate of fear and uncertainty, it can become overwhelming.

The coronavirus pandemic is setting up our communities for genuine mental health concerns. This may be especially true for new parents. When will 'normal' life return? How will I pay for diapers and baby food? Will my mom be able to help us now? What if my baby or my family get COVID-19? Unfortunately, no one knows the long-term impact or answers just yet.

Most families have built a network of social support by the time they have their first child—if they don't already have a support system, they develop one through various baby classes and groups set up for parents. The creation of the village can be instrumental to the mental health of new parents. Social distancing, the lockdown of cities, and isolation will inadvertently affect the type of support available.

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