HEALTH - Pregnancy

The best time for a woman to have a baby is in her early twenties. At this age her body is fully grown and she attained emotional and social maturity. As she grows older, particularly once she is past her early thirties, fertility normally tends to diminish. The probability of having a baby decreases 3-5 % per year after the age of 30, and at a faster rate after 40. Also she is likely experience complications like abnormalities such as the Down’s syndrome (Chromosome abnormality) which is related to increasing age.

The rate is 1 in 400 at the age of 35, and goes up to 1 in 109 at the age of 40. When a woman is 45 the risk is 1 in 32 (compared with 1 in 1,500 at 25). Also woman in her 20s has only a 12-15% chance of having a miscarriage; on the other hand, a woman in her 40s faces a 50% risk of miscarriage. Therefore it is not wise to delay a pregnancy without specific reasons.


Before becoming a mother a blood test can be done to check whether you are immune to the disease. If you are not immune, a vaccination may be taken for immunization. But care should be taken not to get pregnant for the following three months after immunizations.

Pregnancy is time of increased nutritional needs, both to support the rapidly growing fetus and to allow for the changes occurring in the expecting mother's body. Take prenatal vitamins, in fact it’s actually best to take the vitamins before finding out you’re pregnant, though this is not always possible. (Some women have difficulty in tolerating prenatal vitamins or experience constipation as a result of the high iron content.)

Becoming pregnant is part of the real fulfillment of marriage and is one of nature’s best gifts to a woman. Your body and mind give clear indication of pregnancy. Missing of your “monthly period” is the first indication. Some woman may have a slight feeling of nausea in the morning. Other physical changes may include:

Tender and swollen breasts, colour change around the nipples, extreme tiredness, urging to pass urine more often, constipation, cravings or distaste for certain foods, headache, heartburn, weight gain or loss and so on.

To confirm you are pregnant or not, a pregnancy test using one of several available test kits may provide you right the answer. All pregnancy tests are based upon measurement of the hormone; human chorionic gonadotrophin which is only present in a woman when she is pregnant. This hormone is made after the egg is fertilized and its levels rise rapidly in early pregnancy.

This is the time to see your doctor and you should visit your doctor at least once each month for next five or six months and after that every two weeks. In some cases, after approximately the 34th week, your prenatal visits may be scheduled once every week until the baby come. This schedule will depend upon the medical condition of the mother, the growth and development of the fetus, and your physician's preference.

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