Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Planning Your Family

By Dr Bill Maier
There’s nothing wrong with waiting to have kids – as long as your biological clock keeps ticking.

Today the average age of a first-time mum is 25 – about three years later than it was a generation ago.

The main reason for this is that couples are getting married later in life – which is a good thing – but that’s not the only factor.

Many women are choosing to put off motherhood in order to further their education or career.

Others are waiting until they’re more financially secure.

It’s important to understand the risks of women who have children after the age of 35. They are twice as likely to develop problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease.

Chances of miscarriage or stillbirth are also much greater. The longer women wait, the higher the risk.

It’s good to plan your family wisely; just make sure you’re making informed decisions.

From TODAY, Voices - Thursday, 29-July-2010

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