A woman’s pregnancy can last as long as a year, but a doctor says it’s possible for it to be as “good as childbirth” and can even last longer.
Dr. Michelle G. Johnson, an OB/GYN and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, told the New York Times she sees a lot of people who have had their pregnancies “totally derailed” because of a lack of awareness about the potential complications.
She said she has seen a lot more cases of women who are being told that pregnancy can’t be that bad, but she also said the idea that it can be that good is “nonsense.”
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) also recommends that women who have recently given birth don’t get pregnant again until they’re between the ages of 40 and 60.
And while they say there is no way to predict what will happen after childbirth, they say if a woman has been pregnant for more than 10 years, there’s a good chance that she’s had multiple pregnancies.
Johnson said she also thinks that women are often told that they shouldn’t get too excited about getting pregnant, and that they should be careful about the risks of having an uncomplicated pregnancy.
She added that while the American College is not saying that pregnancy is always better than childbirth, “the concept of being ‘safe’ is not always what it is for women who choose to become pregnant.”
The ACOG has also issued guidelines for when to get a Pap test, which can detect a lot about a woman’s health, and when to go to a doctor for an ultrasound.
Johnson said she was skeptical about the idea of getting a Pap scan before a woman had her first child, but that it’s important to be careful.
She also said that if you are considering pregnancy, don’t just wait for your insurance to cover it.
She said that even if you have insurance, you should talk to your doctor about getting a pap test.
Johnson added that she also recommends checking your insurance plans to see if you might qualify for a discount on a pregnancy test.