Woman, you are such a wonderful creation and that makes you someone who can do multiple things at the same time. That being said exposes you to have so many things happening around you. You’re just a single person with a lot of responsibilities. Indeed, one of the greatest responsibilities you could ever commit to is being a mother. Not only it is a commitment of a lifetime, but it is an obligation that requires you to be a good one so that your kids will be assets of this society instead of being liabilities. This is why it is important to be ready and once you are finally prepared, what are the things you need to consider when planning for a baby?
1. Your age
Some women nowadays delay pregnancy for some reasons they think are vital. Some wanted to have their careers settled, their economic status secured or their marital status must be married. It is true that these things are important to consider however, there is a biological clock in you ticking continuously and you know it’s there. As you age, the percentage of you getting pregnant gets lesser. Studies show that at the age of 20, you have 33 percent of getting pregnant and goes down to 20 percent when you become 30. Women over the age of 40 has 64 percent of being unable to conceive compared to 20 years old woman who has only six percent. Age wise, 20-35 is the age bracket considerable for having a baby. Conceiving at the age of 20 might be too young as a woman on this stage is preoccupied with figuring out her career path. The average among women in America gets pregnant at the age of 26 but be cautious about conceiving beyond the age of 35 because pregnancy on this age will give you greater chances of having pregnancy problems like miscarriages, complications like hypertension, and conceiving infants with abnormalities.
2. Economic status
Pregnancy is understood to be a natural biological process but that doesn’t mean that there’s a zero chance of causing danger to the mother and the child. This process involves two lives and that in itself is crucial. In order to avoid impending dangers, pregnancy planning should be part of this process. It requires constant medical attention, physical support, and a stress-free environment which are more attainable if you have a stable economic status.
3. Psychological and emotional well-being
Your mental and emotional ability must reach a certain level of readiness wherein you are not preoccupied with something else. Some other factors may compromise the pregnancy when you have issues within yourself like your current marital status, career pathways, family problems, and etc. These things will have effect in the way you handle pregnancy changes. A study by Lancet Psychiatry subjected among 8,200 mothers revealed that two-thirds of mothers who have severe depression started to experience mood shifts during pregnancy. This study concluded that port-partum depression starts even before a woman’s delivery. The burst of hormonal changes is one major contributing factor that you might find difficult to handle if you are not mentally and emotionally ready.
It is true that the best time to get pregnant may vary according to a woman’s preferences but it is just right to seek advice and be open to possibilities that may arise from your own choices especially when it comes to your plans of becoming a mother- the most noble profession there is.