Unlock the secrets to managing pregnancy, infertility, and a fulfilling career this Mother’s Day. Discover expert advice and practical tips for navigating the unique challenges of this journey.
Before we start, let us ask you a question! What are your fondest Mother’s Day memories from childhood? Is it making a greeting card for your mother, dressing up like her and going to school, or ganging up with your siblings and buying her a beautiful gift out of your pocket money? Whatever way you celebrated this day with your mother, we are sure that your efforts and love made it more special for her.
Growing up, it is natural for women to look forward to celebrating this day with their own children. While some are easily blessed with the joy of motherhood, others may have to wait or seek additional care to make this dream come true.
This article is for all women standing at different stages in life. From tips of healthy pregnancy to advice on how to plan your pregnancy at an advanced stage, we have covered it all. In the end, we also share crucial information about ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) procedures that can help women battling infertility start their motherhood journey.
Have you ever watched a ‘Pregnancy Reveal’ video online? If yes, you might agree that getting the news of your pregnancy can be one of your life's most exciting and happiest moments. But along with this comes a whole lot of doubts, questions, and worries about your child’s health, especially if you are a first-time mother. While it is common to be bombarded with advice from all sides, you should know to filter out the useful ones from the rest. Here are some general first time pregnancy tips for you that can never go wrong.
Studies have proven that favourable parental exposure during pregnancy can be immensely helpful. It will help the to-be mother to stay calm and positive, which in turn can be instrumental in the good development of the child.
You can be positive by engaging in simple yet fulfilling activities like going for a walk with your partner, practising a hobby, journaling your positive thoughts and feelings, etc.
No matter how cautious you are regarding your health, your body may still need an additional boost-up to cope during pregnancy. Taking pre-natal medications or health supplements prescribed by your doctor will help build your immunity better.
Just as important as it is to take up a healthy diet and routine, it is also essential to let go of any harmful habits. This is a great tip when you want your child to stay in the best health from day one. Reducing or completely stopping alcohol consumption, smoking, substance use, etc. can help to reduce the possibility of birth defects, premature births, miscarriages, and other health defects.
If you are having a hard time letting go of such habits, then you must inform your doctor beforehand. They can give you the necessary guidance to cope with these problems and bear a healthy child.
The news of pregnancy sets in a strong sense of responsibility in to-be parents. It is important to take this phase seriously and grow your awareness about the child growing inside you, your general health, bodily changes, and even conditions like post-partum depression.
Depending on the correct resources to get information, going for post-pregnancy counselling sessions with your spouse, and learning how to care for the baby after their birth can help.
The very first question that crosses the mind of a newly pregnant couple is the kind of food they should consume. It is important to discuss this with your doctor and make a diet plan for each phase of your pregnancy term. As the mother is the primary or even the only source of nutrition for the baby, to-be mothers should be extremely careful about their diet.
It is a misconception that exercising during pregnancy increases the chances of miscarriage. On the contrary, many doctors encourage expecting mothers to perform some kind of non-strenuous exercise to keep themselves fit. It can also make your heart, blood vessels, lungs, etc. function better and give you much-needed energy.
We understand that the pain of not being able to attain motherhood can increase manifold when you see your peers or family celebrating Mothers Day with their loved ones. And we are not here to tell you to shove these feelings of sadness or pain aside and put a happy façade. Instead, you can –
Are you in your 20s or 30s but don’t have any plans to start a family soon? Delaying your pregnancy is a personal choice and can be caused by several factors like finance, health, career, etc. Motherhood and career can be managed together. However, while you are planning your pregnancy later, you must know that you are constantly ageing and exhausting your egg reserve. Also, at an advanced age, there will also be a decline in your egg quality. So, how to tackle this problem?
Gone are the days when women were forced to give up their dreams, personal goals, and careers before hitting their 30s, just so that, they can start a family easily. Now, we have ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) techniques that help women store their healthy/good-quality eggs outside their body and use it when needed. This is called egg freezing or oocyte preservation.
Good quality eggs, higher your chances of conceiving. Hence, you can freeze your eggs in your late 20s or early 30s and use them once you are ready to start a family. It is especially helpful for women who want to focus on their careers before becoming mothers.
It is also seen that egg freezing can also benefit those who suffer from critical health conditions like cancer. Preserving their eggs before starting their treatment (like chemotherapy that can affect a female’s fertility rate), can help them conceive a child in the future. Oocyte preservation is also done for women who undergo fertility treatment like IVF or ICSI.
Why is advanced age considered to be a major factor affecting fertility? What causes the female fertility rate to decline by the 30s or 40s? Let us find answers to these questions.
Contrary to what most people think, the female body does not keep producing new eggs during every month of her menstruation. A female is born with one million to two million eggs at birth - some of which are lost before she hits puberty. Studies have shown that only 3,00,000 to 4,00,000 eggs are left in a girl's ovaries when she attains puberty. Then, as she menstruates, her body loses around 1,000 eggs each month.
This explains why females are left with only 1,00,000 to 1,50,000 eggs by the time they turn 30. The egg reserve in the body keeps declining with advancing age and at 35 years of age, a woman may only have around 80,000 eggs left and when she hits her late 30s the egg count is even less, between 25,000 to 10,000. With very few eggs left in the ovaries for fertilisation, a woman in their 30s or 40s naturally have a slim chance of pregnancy. So how to cope with this situation?
If you have already reached your late 30s and are struggling to get pregnant, then it is time to seek help immediately. By consulting fertility experts and undergoing the correct ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) procedure, females in their advanced age can also become mothers.
But, if you are reading this article while in your 20s or early 30s, you now have all the reasons to plan for a family while your body is still young. In case you foresee any delay in entering motherhood, then you must consider egg freezing or oocyte preservation.
We understand that Mother’s Day celebrations can be extremely difficult for females facing infertility issues. They can be even more emotionally traumatising for women who have witnessed abortion, repeated miscarriages, recurrent IVF failures, etc.
On this occasion of Mothers Day 2023, we want to remind such strong women that they can still dream and hope for motherhood with the right care and treatment.
Sometimes, fertility problems in the male partner can also be a cause of your pregnancy delay. Be it male or female infertility or even unexplained fertility issues, through advanced ART procedures like IVF, IUI, ICSI, etc. millions of women across the globe have been able to welcome the beautiful phase of motherhood. Visit India’s leading fertility chain expert Indira IVF to find your perfect fertility solution today and become a part of our 1,40,000+ IVF success stories.
Indira IVF has 40+ years of experience in helping infertile couples to overcome their problem and start happy and healthy families. With more than 1,40,000 successful IVF pregnancies completed, Indira IVF operates across 120+ centres pan-India with 250+ specialist doctors, world-class technology and laboratory, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and above all, affordable treatment plans that don’t burn a hole in our patient’s pockets.
Indira IVF is equipped with high-end technology that can be used to treat all female infertility issues like blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, premature ovarian failure, adenomyosis, etc. Even those who have PCOD/PCOS problems, irregular periods, or secondary infertility can seek fertility care at Indira IVF centre. Through deep investigation and analysis, our doctors will recommend a suitable treatment plan for you. This can include –
1. Reproductive Medications – Our recommended reproductive medications, diet, and lifestyle changes may help you overcome infertility and conceive naturally.
2. IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) – A procedure to collect the eggs and sperm from the couple and fertilise them under favourable conditions in a laboratory.
3. ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) – The ICSI treatment can help especially when the male partner has infertility issues such as poor sperm motility, morphology, etc. This is an advanced ART procedure of injecting sperm inside a retrieved egg.
4. Oocyte preservation – As discussed earlier, oocyte preservation or egg freezing can prove to be an excellent solution where you store the eggs from your most fertile years and use them later when you plan for a pregnancy.
5. Egg donor – This is a very advanced fertility treatment where donor eggs are used for fertilisation with your partner’s sperm and are transferred to your uterus. Just like donor eggs, donor sperm or donor embryos can also be used.
To get more Fertility Tips from our IVF Specialists, book a Free Consultation today at 18003092323.
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