Here’s how having a baby can assure better health for the mothers

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Dr Lalitha Sudha Alaparthi is a Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, with Columbia Asia Hospital, Bangalore, tells you how having a baby benefits your health.

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In today’s fast paced world, as we are moving away from gender stereotypes, opportunities are becoming equal for both men and women. In such a scenario, a large number of women are placing their career and professional growth at a higher priority, and in the process, deciding not to have children.

Apart from the joy of being a mother, there are many health benefits that benefit a woman when she has a baby.

Pregnancy can have a cascade effect on women. For those who suffer from menstrual cramps, the menstrual pain reduces post childbirth and breastfeeding.

In fact, for some women, the pain ceases altogether. Also, recent studies report that pregnancy may be an effective protector against breast and ovarian cancers.

Health complications of not having a baby

Here are a few health complications that women who opt out of pregnancy are at risk of:

  • The risk of developing endometrial and uterine cancer increases because more cell division takes place over your lifetime and can lead to complications later on in life.
  • Pregnancy is known to help reduce the risk of breast cancers. More pregnancies mean fewer periods, which in turn can limit your exposure to oestrogen and progesterone. The changes that breast cells undergo during this period and lactation may make them more resistant to transforming into cancer cells.
  • Studies have also shown that women who have been pregnant at the age of 30 or younger have consistently been found to have a lower risk. However, women who opt out of pregnancy lose out on this protection shield against breast cancers.
  • The chances of developing multiple sclerosis, which affects the brain nerve cells, increases for women who opt out of pregnancy. This is because during pregnancy there is lower immune activity in the body, which in turn can reduce the inflammation that causes nerve damage.
  • Pregnancy can help in reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, a painful inflammatory disease in which the body attacks its own tissue and goes into remission during pregnancy.
  • The body's protection of the developing foetus against rejection plays an important role in guarding the mother against the autoimmune disease. Hence women opting out of pregnancy are usually at a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr Lalitha Sudha Alaparthi is a Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology with Columbia Asia Hospital, Bangalore.

Also Read: Conceiving after a miscarriage more likely to result in successful pregnancy

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