When you and your spouse plan to nurture a healthy family, you need to know how to do family planning and the best time to plan it. You will have a healthy family only if you are healthy, your spouse is healthy, your children are healthy, and your finance is healthy. Proper and carefully thought and executed planning of your family will make all of those goals reached. Before you make a good plan, you need to understand why making a good plan for your family is necessary.
Why Is Family Planning Necessary?
Family planning is necessary due to the basic fact that a family is an organization and every organization needs proper planning in order to operate correctly. A nuclear family consists of you, your spouse, and your children. Proper planning ensures the well-being and welfare of everyone in your family. When is the best time to plan your family?
The core of the plan is to understand when to have a child and how many children you and your spouse want to have. By making a good plan, you can make sure that you are physically, psychologically, and financially ready when you decide to have a child. With a good plan, you can make sure that no pregnancy goes unplanned. An unplanned pregnancy can often be disastrous because the detrimental effect may last for the rest of your life and that of your children.
The Right Time for Family Planning
When is the right time to do family planning? There are several scenarios that determine the best time to make the best planning for your family.
1. Right after your wedding, or before
You need to talk with your spouse about whether to have a child immediately after you become a couple or whether you will wait for a while before having a child. There are many factors to help you make a sound decision. You may take into consideration your current financial condition, your profession, your study, and your preparedness to have a child. You should explore all of the possible factors with your spouse during your family planning to make sure that you get a mutually agreeable decision.
2. Sometime in the middle of your married life
Your initial family planning may chance during the course of your married life due to certain reasons. Because of a sudden career boost or any other causes, you may want to have a child either sooner or later. Whenever such necessities surface, you get another decisive time to review your planning with your spouse. Whenever a revision or review is needed, don’t hesitate to talk with your spouse.
3. After you have a child.
After you have a child, or possibly before it, you need to talk with your spouse about the HTSP, the healthy timing and spacing for pregnancies. In other words, you need to discuss about the right time to have another child. One crucial aspect of family planning is to make sure that there is a proper temporal gap between the first and the second pregnancy, the second and the third, etc. By planning the pregnancies, you want to make sure that your current child gets enough care and attention before they can become independent and you become ready to have another child. Unplanned pregnancies may cause detrimental effects not only to you, but also to your child, who will risk getting lack care and attention.
World Health Organization has investigated some closely spaced pregnancy cases and revealed some possible risks of getting pregnant less than six months after you deliver your last child. The risks include induced abortion due to unreadiness related to family planning failure, miscarriage, newborn death, maternal death, premature birth, stillborn, and low birth weight. Some of these risks will then give rise to other subsequent risks. If pregnancy occurs less than six months after a miscarriage or abortion, possible risks include low birth weight, preterm birth, and maternal anemia.
All of these risks become clear proofs that family planning is indeed necessary and unplanned pregnancies may lead to various serious problems—not only the health problems as stated by the WHO above but also other problems not related directly to health, such as financial and social problems.
By understanding the right time or times to do family planning, you can make sure that the ship you are steering goes to the right direction without having to deal with unnecessary storms that may end up sinking it.
How to Make the Right Family Planning
Based on the explanation above, you should already be aware that there are three important matters that you should mind in your family planning: when the first pregnancy should occur, the spacing required between pregnancies, and the spacing required for the next pregnancy after you have a miscarriage or abortion.
1. When should the first pregnancy occur?
The WHO highly recommends that every woman should not become pregnant until at least she is 18 years old. This age threshold is considered the most appropriate for the woman’s reproductive system to afford a pregnancy. If you are married before you reach your 18th birthday, you should apply a strict family planning policy until you reach a mature age for pregnancy.
2. When should the next pregnancy occur?
After you deliver your baby, you need to wait for at least 24 months before you can get pregnant again. It is recommended, however, that this waiting period be not more than 5 years. You should use a strict family planning policy during the waiting period to avoid an unplanned pregnancy that may lead to problems.
3. When can you get pregnant after a miscarriage or abortion?
If you have a miscarriage or abortion and you plan to try to have a baby again, you should wait for at least six months after the incident. Just like the waiting period after birth, the waiting period after a miscarriage or abortion also requires you to use the right family planning method to prevent accidental pregnancy.