Ghanaian actress and television presenter Naa Ashokor has advised young wives not to be in a rush to start a family, insisting motherhood should be something that is well planned.
According to her, newly-weds should be allowed time to structure themselves properly before even deciding to start a family.
Narrating her personal experience when she first entered into marriage in 2014, the star actress said there was a lot of pressure from outside for her to have her first baby.
Speaking in an interview with the Graphic Showbiz, Naa Ashokor said despite it being just three after she successfully delivered her son, people have started asking when she will have her second.
“It’s been less than three months since I gave birth but questions are coming on when my second baby will arrive. Sometimes, I find such questions interesting but I don’t allow them to get to me because I don’t think I’m too old to rush to have children,” she said.
She advised young wives to be patient when get they into marriages, insisting having babies is not the ultimate aim of getting married.
According to her, many people go through “emotional trauma because they are just three years or even less in their marriage and everyone expects to hear the cry of a baby in their home”.
In her view motherhood should be well planned by all parties involved, while adding that married couples should not allow themselves to be bullied into having children they are not ready for.
“Motherhood is a full-time job on its own and in these modern times, taking care of a baby is no child’s play. Why would you rush to give birth when there are no provisions to make the child comfortable?
“Sometimes, your work could even be a barrier and that is why despite our culture placing much value on child birth, we must give couples the power to decide when they are ready to bring children to this world.”
Touching on her recent absence from the radio and TV screens, the GHOne TV presenter said: “I miss being on air. It feels like forever and I’m looking forward to getting back to work full time”.