Starting a family is not rocket science, but it sure does need your careful decision making. Try and figure out what it is that you want from your future and you will know all about planning for your family.
With the help of family planning or birth control, couples can fulfill their desire of having a specific number of children and can space and time their births. Family planning is achieved with the use of various contraceptive methods, natural methods and sometimes in cases of infertility, treatments could also be of help. Natural methods of family planning are not completely reliable. Couples should understand the need to provide a gap of time between pregnancies and also the importance of restricting number of pregnancies. Pregnancy spacing and limiting number of pregnancies dramatically affects the mother’s health in more than one way, it reduces neonatal complications and lets the mother’s body recover for her to be wholesome before giving birth to another life. Both the newborn’s health and the mother’s health depend on birth spacing as it gives sufficient time for the mother’s body to rebuild its strength and nutrition stores.
What may be “ideal” for one, may not be a choice for another. The ideal gap between two children will draw varied opinions from all spheres with various reasoning to back them. You might consider all advice you may get but ultimately it is your call, do what you feel is right as every case is unique. Today, all women marry late and postpone their childbirth to a later stage, eventually then wanting children who are spaced between less time as the fear of infertility swings like Damocles’ sword. As per studies, it is recommended that a gap of eighteen to twenty-three months from the time of delivery is ideal for conceiving a second baby. There are a number of pros and cons in both the cases of less spacing and more spacing between children, weigh them down and decide.
Since pros and cons are present in both the cases, it is best left to the parents to decide how to space their children depending on concerns related to health, financial situation, sibling relationships and family structure.
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