Malaysians are doing well in adding to the population. In Feb 2014, our population hit 30 million people and is projected to grow to 38.6 million by 2040. Shockingly, this equates to 1,798 live births average per day which is no surprise why our doctors and hospitals are kept very busy indeed. But baby making is not easy and sometimes we might get our information wrong. Find out the common MYTH-conceptions on everything you didn’t know about baby making.
Myth #1 : Already have one baby. Number 2 sure no problem la!
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If you’ve had one baby, you are surely convinced that all your pipes work and it won’t be hard to conceive again. The truth is that it is more common for secondary infertility to occur compared to fertility issues with Baby Number One. This is because things may have changed since then.
Myth #2 : Do ‘it’ everyday sure increase chances wan!
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Quantity over quality? That is the big question. Couples should have intercourse every day or every other day to increase the chances of pregnancy only when it is close to ovulation period (Days 10-20 of the fertility cycle). No point doing the deed when the when the conditions are not right!
Myth #3 : My mom so easy. My sister also so easy. I so young some more…definitely no problem!
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People sadly think that your family fertility history determines yours and that genetics are everything. Sadly, they are not. Dr. Cooperman pointed out that there is “no correlation between your mother’s infertility and your ability to conceive.” So if your mother or sister had trouble, that doesn’t mean you will too. While all your aunties, uncles, parents and friends nag the ladies about how risks increase when trying to conceive over 35 years old, the men shouldn’t think that it doesn’t apply to them as there are just as many fertility worries as they age. Surprisingly, 11 percent of married women under 29 also have trouble trying to conceive.
Myth #4 : I am super healthy and exercise like a boss. Sure can get pregnant fast!
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Our image of healthy and fertile is someone who is extremely fit and super in shape with muscles. Running marathons and exercising vigorously can impede ovulation therefore why not replace tho lengthy, vigorous workouts with less demanding physical activities such as jogging or yoga. You can still be active on a daily basis but just don’t overdo it la! And exercise is not all bad…beware those who use PowerPlate, the vibration machine for workout and will help to strengthen muscles also boost fertility. Don’t want accidents right?
Myth #5 : Woman, your fault kan this?
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Myth #6 : Worst come to worst, IVF then.
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IVF treatment is not only tough on you physically and mentally, but the barriers due to law, religion and cost may make it a very challenging situation. IVF can cost between RM14,000 and RM16,000 each round and sadly the chances of success in Round One vary from 46% to 12% as you get older. Don’t forget to bring your marriage certificate along to the IVF consultations!
Myth #7 : Position and food matters right when trying to get boy/girl?
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The position doesn’t matter when it comes to fertility because the sperm gets to the intended spot within a matter of seconds regardless of which karma sutra position you having fun with. But feel free to try out Grandma’s secret recipe to making a boy. While there is no scientific proof to it and it is all a ‘maybe’ baby conception situation, no harm trying right!
Most importantly, have a much fun as possible trying before the invasion of baby occurs. Babies are life changing indeed.