For many women and their partners there is no way to prepare for pregnancy in advance. Others take this step after much thought and discussion long before it happens. Having time to prepare gives you the opportunity to think about things like: - what will it look like - how it will change your life - how it will affect your relationships, your work and other people in your family. Of course, you will not be able to plan everything, because often, no matter how well built our plans are, there may be all sorts of unexpected circumstances on the way to becoming a parent. But there are many things you can do to get the most out of your preparation for a new phase of your life, and this section will help you to do it.