Pre-baby bucket list

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There are about a million things that well-meaning parents and doctors will tell you to do before getting pregnant. These tidbits of advice range from the sensible (“Remember to take your prenatal vitamins!”) to the peculiar (“Don’t ever eat papaya! And stay far from durian!”) to the completely unwanted (“Well, I had absolutely no trouble at all before or during my pregnancy! Let me tell you just how easy it was for me!”).

Pre-baby bucket list

The funny thing though is that when you’re focusing too hard on doing everything right to prepare for a baby, it’s easy to forget to enjoy the moment. Having children is a wondrous, beautiful thing, and it will change your life forever. That’s why it’s important to remember to make the most of this time so you can enjoy parenthood without any regrets in the future. Here’s our list of things to do before you become pregnant.

Have an absolutely “not kid-friendly” dinner. It’s not that you’ll never eat out after you have children, but meals at “adult” restaurants may become fewer and farther between. Since you don’t have to hire a babysitter, go for broke and try something a little different. Smith (1/8 Sukhumvit Rd. Soi 49; 66-2/261-0515; dinner for two from Bt1,600) serves up haute, nose-to-tail cooking with a wide assortment of house-made charcuterie. It’s adventurous stuff (though there’s a chicken breast on the menu for less intrepid eaters), but rest assured the results are pretty delicious. Another favorite is the ever-illustrious Gaggan (68/1 Soi Langsuan; Ploenchit Rd.; 66-2/625-1700; 10-course tasting menu for two Bt3,200), a molecular-gastro Indian spot. The menu rotates nightly, but you can expect surprised like a spherified ball of yogurt raita, a wooden treasure box of “Viagra” (oysters with citrus-scented foam), chicken tikka masala with a sous vide egg, and foie gras topped with freeze-dried raspberries.

Go for drinks you’ll always remember. Bangkok has no shortage of places to imbibe. Serious cocktail lovers should check out the long-time expat favorite Hyde & Seek (65/1 Soi Ruam Rudi, Ploenchit Rd.; 66-2/168-5152-3) for innovative concoctions such as the fruity St. Tropez Smash, or the newly revamped Iron Fairies (395 Soi Thonglor, Sukhumvit Rd.; 66-2/714-8875) for a solid selection of absinthe-laced potions and cocktails like the potent Smoke in a Bottle No. 2.

Take that trip. Have you been saying you’ll go to Krabi for just about forever? Maybe you’ve been meaning to head back to Koh Phi Phi, or see a new island that everyone has been talking about. Yes, someday you will be able to make that trip with your children, but you may have to wait a while before they’re ready. So stop making excuses and book that plane ticket ASAP. Don’t forget the bikini!

Go dancing. It’s Bangkok, of course, so there are always places to bust a move. Even if you’re not partial to the hordes of teenagers tearing up the floor in the RCA, you can still get your groove on. Personally, we like the salsa night every Wednesday at Above Eleven (33F Frasier Suites, Sukhumvit Rd. Soi 11; 66-2/207-9300).

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Expecting Expats is the online resource for parents in and around Thailand.

We provide lifestyle and medical content to our visitors, with new content posted daily. Our lifestyle contributors are themselves expat moms who share their experiences and lessons learned through blog articles. We also provide medical content from our partner doctors at Samitivej Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. Articles of interest span from before pregnancy through the toddler years and cover medical, behavioral and cognitive issues.

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