The birth of a child is due to the desire for offspring, but also the conditions for upbringing
The question of the birth of a child stems from the desire for healthy offspring, but also the conditions for raising a child. More and more women are postponing parenthood for later years. In the past, a 27-year-old woman was considered an older primiparous woman. Today, it is a woman who gives birth for the first time at the age of 35 or later. Children are welcome in any case, whether they are 20 or 40 years old.
A woman who is mature for motherhood is the most important thing for the course of pregnancy and a healthy baby. This is achieved if the woman is personally, professionally and family satisfied. Then a woman is not torn between a child, desires and ambitions.
For years, statisticians have presented warning data that the largest number of children with chromosomal anomalies, developmental delay and immaturity are born to women who became mothers in later years. Nevertheless, doctors point out that the risk of giving birth to children with congenital anomalies (and other defects) has decreased significantly thanks to modern pregnancy management for all women, including the elderly. Permanent medical supervision begins already in the first months of pregnancy.
There is no reason to worry about the increasing frequency of genetic anomalies. There has always been genetic damage even if one lives in the healthiest conditions. Nature tries to ensure that such pregnancies end in spontaneous abortions. The attitude of women towards pregnancy was also different. In the past, women always gave birth if they became pregnant, sometimes 10 or 15 or more children. It was not uncommon for both mother and daughter to have a baby at the same time. For these women, it was completely insignificant if a pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. On average, a modern woman gets pregnant once or twice and wants to “carry out” these pregnancies even if abortion is a threat. Simply put, today nature is not allowed to carry out the selection and threatened abortion is stopped by therapy.
There is no longer any need to wait for nature to determine the course of pregnancy. Technical achievements and laboratory tests enable the birth of a healthy child. The largest number of anomalies are detected in a timely manner. Only extremely rarely do some anomalies remain hidden until the child is born.
A double screening test is used to determine genetic damage in the fetus as early as 12 weeks of pregnancy.
This test examines the presence of fetal hormones and enzymes in the mother’s blood. They indicate certain anomalies if detected. In the 12th week, changes in the fetal skeleton can also be observed using ultrasound. Characteristic thickenings on the neck indicate anomalies – explain gynecologists.
Pregnant women over 35 years of age are advised to undergo amniocentesis in addition to other examinations. This method consists of taking the amniotic fluid using a very thin needle. The entire procedure is monitored on the screen of the ultrasound machine. It is usually performed after the 3rd month of pregnancy. It is a painless method and takes only a few minutes. There is no need to worry because the needle cannot hurt the fetus (because the fetus swims in a large amount of water). Chromosomes are observed in fetal cells from the amniotic fluid. Numerous anomalies can be detected in a timely manner with this method.
An unhealthy lifestyle and unfavorable external factors have a negative effect on the offspring. Gynecologists stress that smoking and pregnancy are incompatible. Tobacco has a harmful effect on the baby’s brain, weight and health. Many consequences of smoking during pregnancy are manifested throughout life. Several studies have shown that mothers smoked during pregnancy (in 80% of children with asthma). Women claim that they cannot do without a cigarette even if they are threatened with miscarriage. These women should be strictly prohibited from smoking in order to prevent complications (for which pregnancy maintenance therapy is often given).
Pregnancy is not a disease but a normal and physiological condition of a woman.
Control is necessary, but you should not exaggerate when checking the health of the pregnant woman and the baby. It is enough to perform 3 to 4 ultrasound examinations during pregnancy, the same number of blood examinations, regular control of sugar and blood pressure. Urine albumin should be checked before delivery.
A pregnant woman should not gain more than 12 kilograms for all 9 months.
It is possible to give birth to a healthy child as long as the woman has a monthly cycle and follicles with eggs. Cases of spontaneous late pregnancies are extremely rare.