Jakarta – The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic since the end of 2019 has made various changes to the lives of many people, both in terms of routine or life planning. One of them, there may be a sense of doubt for Mother and Father to have children. The reason is, maybe Mom and Dad are wondering whether it is safe or not to undergo pregnancy during a pandemic? What are the things to consider when getting pregnant during a pandemic? Check out the following explanation, Mother. Last year, a Brookings Institution study showed a decline of 60,000 from October 2020 to February 2021 in the United States. The largest number of declines was in January 2021. Not surprisingly, Mother, apart from income and employment, the COVID-19 pandemic has also affected birth rates worldwide, as quoted by the Washington Post. Worries and anxiety about the health effects and effects of the pandemic on life in general may have led couples to reconsider plans to conceive children during the pandemic. A study at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine also conducted a survey of 1,179 mothers in New York and found a third decided to postpone pregnancy during the pandemic, as quoted by the Times of India. Can you get pregnant during a pandemic? Some couples may conclude that trying to conceive during a pandemic is the right choice. However, others may decide to postpone pregnancy, either because of a doctor’s recommendation or their own personal risk assessment. It is important to note that there is no one right answer. Everyone is different and has a different life situation. Therefore, it is best to make this decision with your partner and with the guidance of your doctor or midwife. Ornamental Plants Banner with Hydroponics/ Photo: HaiBunda/Mia Here are some factors to consider if you want to get pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially now that new variants of Omicron are starting to spread: 1. Age factor Your age may be a key factor to consider when make the decision to get pregnant. In general, the younger you are, the more advised to delay pregnancy, and vice versa. “If a woman is older, say 42 years, and time is of the essence, she may want to continue working to conceive, but if younger, the mother may just want to wait a bit to clarify,” says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology. gynecology at Yale University, quoted from Verywell Family. See the continuation on the next page. Also watch a video about advice from obstetricians for pregnant women exposed to COVID-19.