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Jakarta Post

‘Negative COVID-19 but positive pregnancy’: Best to delay new baby

  • Dwi Oktarina


Yogyakarta   /   Sat, July 4 2020   /  01:00 am
For most women nowadays, the 30s is considered the most appropriate time to get pregnant since you are financially stable and have a firm relationship background to nurture a family.(Shutterstock/File)

As more people stay home during this pandemic, concerns of rising numbers of pregnancies have emerged. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil recently posted on his Instagram account a screenshot of an article relating to an increase in pregnancies in Cirebon regency, and urged men to “take it slow” with their wives. “Negative COVID-19 but positive pregnancy,” Ridwan posted. Limited access to health services during this pandemic has led to worries that less people are receiving contraceptives. According to the National Population and Family Planning Board’s (BKKBN) latest figures, 28 million Indonesian couples receive contraception services. However, the board noticed a 20 to 30 percent decline in recipients from February to March, with variations among provinces. Concerns of a baby boom and population increase are not the only reasons experts are advising co...