Buying a motorcycle is very different from buying a car because there are various factors you need to consider that you would not need when selecting a car. You need to research not just the pricing and models but the practicability, safety, and comfort of its use.

If this is your first time selecting a motorcycle, here are some tips that can help you.

Attend a rider training course. If you have never ridden a motorcycle other than for practice, then it is essential that you know the ins and outs of the traffic laws, so you don’t get in trouble. It is also important that you remember all the safety precautions because motorcycles are prone to accidents. Driving lessons cover theories and practical applications.

Know where and how to get a license. The best option in Singapore is to hire driving instructors at specific driving schools only. The first license you will get is the Class 2B which will allow you to use motorcycles up to 200 cc. You will only be able to get your Class 2A license after a year, which allows you to use motorcycles up to 400 cc. After another year, you can get sign up for Class 2 course that will let you use any type of motorcycle.

Consider your skill level. Since the license will limit you to certain types of motorcycles, you have no freedom of choice yet during the first two years. That works perfectly because you need to be comfortable with the bike and an expert on it to avoid mishaps. You will have enough time to build you skill and confidence.

Be informed about maintenance costs. Some expensive bikes will of course be more difficult to maintain than the common cheaper models. If your bike will be used for daily commuting, then you should get a trusted model that is built for durability and longevity. There is no need to get a fancy model that you can’t afford to pay for much less maintain in good condition. Depending on the manufacturer, you should pick a brand that has a convenient service center in Singapore.

Know what CC means. CC stands for cubic centimeters which refers to the size of the motorcycle engine. It also measures the engine displacement which will determine how fast it will consume the fuel and how powerful the engine is. As a beginner and as stipulated in the rules about getting a license, you should start with 200 cc.

Consider the number of cylinders. You also have to take into account how many cylinders you would need in a bike. One or two cylinders should be enough for regular trips to the office, because the cylinders will only affect the torque when accelerating. Having more than two cylinders can be difficult for a beginner to handle.

Know how to fix small problems. Even with proper maintenance, your motorcycle is going to break down from frequent use, so you must at least possess the necessary skills to address small repairs. For this you will need to read beginner manuals and keep the necessary tools to do it.

Pregnancy is a wonderful time for most couples, but it’s not without its challenges especially for women. Some have pre-existing problems before the pregnancy that could make their nine-month journey less pleasant, while others develop health problems during pregnancy.

If you and your husband are planning to have a baby soon, you need to be aware of possible complications in pregnancy to help you prepare more effectively.

Before Pregnancy

  • Infections, specifically sexually-transmitted infections that have not been treated will affect pregnancy and can cause a lot of problems for the baby. There is also a possibility of passing on the infection to the baby if you and your partner were not screened for infections. Early screening in Singapore can help you get the right treatment for a worry-free pregnancy.
  • High Blood Pressure can put you at risk for placental abruption and preeclampsia. If you are hypertensive, you should continue your treatment throughout your pregnancy to avoid these life-threatening complications.
  • Obesity and other eating disorders can make pregnancy an unpleasant experience for you, because they will increase the risk of developing a host of complications such as, premature birth, depression, and preeclampsia.
  • Uterine Fibroids sometimes do not produce any symptom, that is why it’s important for women to get checked annually, especially during childbearing years. If left untreated, it could possibly lead to miscarriage and a difficult labor and childbirth.

During Pregnancy

  • Preeclampsia or toxemia is a life-threatening complication that is a result of other health problems, such as, hypertension, obesity, kidney disease, high glucose levels, and systemic lupus. First pregnancies and late pregnancies also increase the likelihood of having preeclampsia. Symptoms include high blood pressure, dizziness and headaches, swollen face and hands, and stomach pain.
  • Gestational Diabetes usually develops during the second trimester if the mother’s body does not develop enough insulin to break down glucose. If left untreated, it could lead to preeclampsia, hypertension, or an overweight infant.
  • Low Amniotic Fluid, also called oligohydramnios, is a condition characterized by not having enough amniotic fluid to protect the fetus. Some women with the condition need induced labor at the end of their pregnancy.
  • Placenta Previa means that the woman’s uterus is positioned low above or next to the cervix. It can cause bleeding during the late stages of pregnancy, that is why regular checkups and bed rest are recommended to avoid further bleeding.
  • Miscarriage can’t be prevented in some cases and will usually start with spotting or bleeding, abdominal cramps, and the passing of fluid or tissue from the vagina. Some women even miscarry and are not aware that they are pregnant, while others might require treatment to remove the pregnancy tissue in their uterus after the miscarriage.
  • Premature Labor and Birth means that the mother goes into labor before the 37th week of pregnancy. She will experience pelvic cramps and back pain, vaginal discharge, and contractions.