The increasing trend of late pregnancies has forced researchers to analyze the relationship between age and pregnancy. While there is no hard and fast rule concerning the right age to have a baby, the late 20s and early 30s are considered the best periods to have a baby.
What about an older woman trying to conceive? Should women delay childbearing to a later time in life? And, how can older women improve their chances of pregnancy? Find an answer to these questions below.
Factors to Consider When Trying-To-Conceive
Irrespective of whether you are a 20 year old or 45 year old, when considering pregnancy you should evaluate the following 5 factors.
- The first is your health and well being. Evaluate your general health and other medical factors to determine if you are healthy enough to conceive, bear, deliver and care for a newborn.
- The second factor is mental preparation. Are you and your partner mentally prepared to take up the responsibility of a child? There are varied challenges and it is necessary that you brace yourself before the baby arrives.
- The third is financial stability. Raising a baby brings in additional expenses. Thus you should be able to provide for your family financially. Young parents especially those just out of their teens, often falter here. They are still financially insecure and when the baby comes along everything goes awry.
- The fourth factor is the life after baby which includes most importantly the impact the baby will have on the careers of both the parents (in case the mother decides to go back to work after childbirth) or one parent (in case the mother decides to be a stay-at-home).
- And finally, the chances and risks of postponing pregnancy to a later day.
Childbearing in 20s vs. Childbearing in 40s
The 20s are regarded an ideal time for a woman to have a baby. From a medical standpoint, at this stage she is sexually mature. Fertility is at its highest point between 24-25 years. Most women enjoy good health at this age. Not only this, their bodies are also physically capable to deal with the pressures and strains associated with pregnancy. All these factors combined increases the chances of conception and reduce pregnancy complications and genetic issues to a minimum.
As a woman ages, her biological clock also continues to tick. Fertility decreases while increasing the risk of pregnancy complications such as miscarriages and chromosomal abnormalities. Repeated failed attempts at pregnancy may also take a toll on the psychological state of the woman.
Considering the five factors mentioned above the decade between the late 20s and early 30s is the right age to have a baby. At this women are still fertile and most have attained physical and mental capability and financial stability needed to raise a child comfortably.
Tips for Pregnancy at an Older Age
If you are an older woman trying to get pregnant, following are tips to boost your chances:
- Eat healthy
- Exercise regularly
- Give up faulty lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol and the use of recreational drugs
- Sleep well
- Take your vitamins
- Educate yourself on the potential risks and available treatments associated with late pregnancy. Make decisions are after weighing all your options
- Get up-to-date with your medical checkups and vaccinations.