On top of Ne-Yo’s recently announced engagement, he and longtime girlfriend Monyetta Shaw are planning to welcome their second child into the world in October.  While waiting for their new born to greet the world, Shaw is spending her time opening a second boutique in Atlanta’s Buckhead district, Emaralyn and Ester.  When Ne-Yo’s first child was born, he gushed via twitter saying, “She’s healthy and happy.  Feels like I’m in luv for the first time,” and “Welcoming that lil’ girl to the world last night defined for me what ‘willing to kill and die for’ truly means.  My world, my life, all hers.”  It looks like this second baby will bring nothing, but happiness, too.

How do you balance pregnancy and an impending marriage?

Cupid’s Advice:

1. Set a date: Decide whether or not you want to be pregnant on your wedding day.  Many women have varying beliefs about the order of events.  However, once you make up your mind, everything else will fall into place.

2. Know your priorities: Whether you’re getting married while pregnant or waiting for the baby before you tie the knot, never let the stress of planning a wedding affect the health of your baby.  Your wedding will last one day, but you’ll cherish your baby’s life most likely for the rest of yours.

3. Less is more: Don’t spend too much money celebrating your nuptials.  It may be a better idea to have a smaller affair, and use the extra money to set up a bank account for your new child.  Setting your son or daughter up for his/her future is the ultimate wedding gift you can give yourself.

How did you deal with pregnancy before marriage? Share your thoughts with a comment below.