Every 26th of September is world contraception day. The theme this year is ”The power of options”. There’s 7 billion of us on this planet and the population just keeps growing. Babies are awesome. They have cute beady eyes, infectious smiles, that baby talk we love but don’t understand, the adorable outfits for the gram… and when they grow up you can send them to fetch the remote.
It’s all too precious. But we can’t keep popping them out like there’s free resources just lying around.
Babies are expensive. Diapers, nanny, day care, clothes they outgrow every 5 minutes, toys, and have you seen the cost of textbooks??? Kids can be a handful too! Toddlers throwing fits, using your Fenty lipstick to paint your ivory walls, sleep deprivation. The whole shebang. If that doesn’t make you want to get on contraception I don’t know what will.
It all depends on the couple’s plan. Some babies are oops babies. Precious nonetheless. A newborn can take over your life. So try to think about whether you and your partner have the time and energy a baby requires. And ask yourselves whether your other children are ready to deal with the reality of a baby in the home.
Studies suggest that getting pregnant within 18 months after your first child is born can make it more likely that your second child will be born early, underweight, or smaller than usual. So…. you might want to wait for at least 24 months.
What works for your unique body and lifestyle won’t necessarily work for someone else. There’s no “perfect” one, but there is probably one out there that’s perfect for you. And what works for you now might not work for you in 10 years.
Mum and dad need to work this out together. Talk to your doctor. Based on your age, lifestyle and medical conditions, they’ll let you know what works best. We are no doctors, Here’s some options you can look into.
Where to Get Free Contraceptives in Kenya
Marie Stopes have an amazing family planning programme that you can check out.
World Contraceptive day #WCD #WCD2019 is just around the corner! Visit one of our branches in Nairobi, get a contraceptive and stand a chance to win a special gift hamper. Call 0800720005/ WhatsApp 0709819000 for more info. pic.twitter.com/O6B9MNJRTu
— Marie Stopes Kenya (@MarieStopesKe) September 23, 2019
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