At one point of time, pregnancy and work were like two different pedals for a woman’s life, but not anymore. With celebrities and athletes working throughout their pregnancy, My Medical Mantra looks at how it is now a trend among women.
Most doctors agree that each pregnancy is different and there can’t be any particular take on what is right. However, it is being agreed upon that women, no longer hesitate to work alongside their pregnancy. “Women take care of themselves very well these days. They can manage their work and family life pretty well and they carry a strict health routine,” Dr Neeta Warty, a renowned gynaecologist and a practicing obstetrician.
Experts say that taking up a completely new thing during the pregnancy is not very advisable, “Some people are used to certain kinds of activities as a part of their lifestyle. For example, say athletes are very used to their training and practicing. Continuing their routine with proper consultation of a doctor, with no complications in pregnancy is fine. Yes, but starting a new activity can prove to be risky. However, every individual’s case should be seen differently,” said Dr Rishma Pai, president- elect of Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India.
With the age for marriages and pregnancy getting stretched, doctors say that is an individual’s choice. “One must understand that the age for marriage is also getting stretched. It is good that women these days can manage their time very well,” said Dr Warty. Furthermore, she added, “30s is the new 20s,” explaining that women in their 30s are also extremely healthy.
“Women, these days are undergoing a biological stretch wherein they are considering it better to stabilize their relationship before undergoing pregnancy. I think it is really good because it is in your 30s that you actually are getting emotionally mature and settled. Most couples opt for stability in terms of finance, maturity and careers before pregnancy. Postpartum depression however is also getting highly common. This might be so because more women don’t hesitate to come forward and ask for professional help,” said Dr Parul Tank, consultant psychiatrist at Asian Heart, Mumbai who is also the head of psychiatry department at Rajawadi Hospital.