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It’s Never Too Early To Think About Fertility

It’s Never Too Early To Think About Fertility

It’s Never Too Early To Think About Fertility

Even if you’re not intending to become a parent right now, it’s worth knowing what’s involved when you are ready to try for a baby. Getting pregnant may take longer than you think, so do your research about fertility.

It’s wise to plan ahead if you are intending on starting a family. It’s never too early to know all there is to know about fertility — it will likely increase your chances of having a healthy baby.

What is the Best Age to Get Pregnant?

Biologically, a woman’s best reproductive years are in her 20s as fertility gradually starts to decline in her 30s, particularly after age 35. In addition, at this peak physical condition, a younger woman tends to have a lower risk of pregnancy complications, such as miscarriages and difficulty conceiving. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, each month a healthy, fertile 30-year-old woman tries to conceive, she has a 1 in 5 chance of success.

It can be argued that younger parents are allowed to have more lively and longer years with their kids. However, a lot of parents choose not to start a family until they are financially stable and emotionally mature, even with the risk that their fertility is in decline.

Lifestyle Changes

Apart from quitting smoking and avoiding excessive alcohol, more evidence is showing that adopting positive lifestyle changes before pregnancy can reduce the risk of pregnancy and birth difficulties. These lifestyle changes include: maintaining a healthy weight, moderate exercise, eating a balanced diet, and more. Planning for pregnancy early means you and your partner have more time to develop better habits (yes, the man’s health matters too). In case you have any medical conditions, starting early also gives you plenty of time to speak to your gynaecologist for further lifestyle advice.

Pre-pregnancy Appointment

Once you decide to have a baby, kick-start your prenatal care with a pre-pregnancy check-up with your gynae. This usually involves discussions about your medical history and essential preconception screenings such as a Pap smear, genetic testing for certain blood disorders, and checking your immunity against infectious diseases such as rubella and chickenpox.

If you need to be immunized, you may need to wait three months or more until you can start trying to conceive, so it’s worth going to the doctor as early as you can to discuss your fertility. Your gynae will also assess your current medication and advise if there are potential risks.

Fertility Test

Around 15% of couples in Singapore cannot get pregnant successfully after 1 year of trying because of fertility factors — attributed to both male and female medical conditions — such as low sperm count and endometriosis. Thus, couples intending to conceive may want to undergo fertility testing together and plan for interventions if necessary.

Typical procedures to expect in a fertility screening package may include medical history review, ultrasound scan, hormone blood test and semen analysis. Couples can seek advice on fertility screening from their gynae.

 

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