Which is the ideal age to conceive or rather get pregnant? If you ask women this question, be certain that you will get multiple different answers and opinions, and maybe even popular myths about conception. Biologically, fertility is unique to every woman but as you celebrate more birthdays, it becomes harder and riskier to have a baby and the quality of your eggs also decline. All these factors are the reason why your odds of getting pregnant in your twenties are high and lower in your thirties and forties.
If you plan to have babies later in life; after you have established your career, it is advised that you get your fertility tested so that you get to know your body’s reproduction possibilities and impossibilities as you age. Women do not have any control over the durability of their fertility but taking simple precautions such as getting tested to know how your body functions goes a long way to ensure that you have some control later in life when you are ready to be a mother.
Conception in your 20s
This is considered to be the best time to start a family. At this age, a woman has:
High odds of becoming a mother
While in your twenties, there are high probabilities of getting pregnant. Conceiving for most women in their twenties is quite easy; as their periods are now regular making it easier to tell when they are about to ovulate; the prime time to make a baby. Also, the high quality of eggs is responsible for increasing the odds of conceiving while in your twenties.
However, women of this age could experience barrenness mainly caused by tubal issues or their partner’s low sperm count.
The good overall health of the mother
The health benefits of conceiving in your twenties are endless; it allows you more time to space out your kids’ births, young mothers rarely have to deal with complications such as gestational diabetes, chromosomal pregnancy abnormalities such as Down syndrome and also miscarriages. Also worth noting is that the body changes and challenges that come with pregnancy can easily be handled by a younger mother in her twenties than an older mother.
Conceiving in your twenties also has its downside; there are multiple risks associated with motherhood at this age. Pregnant women in their twenties are often first time mothers; young age puts them at risk of suffering from preeclampsia- a condition where a woman has protein in her urine and her blood pressure rises to fatal levels.
Conception in your 30s.
At this age, a woman has:
Average chances of getting pregnant
The fertility possibilities of a woman in her thirties decrease gradually year after year; it’s even more difficult to conceive after 35 years. This is because the quality and quantity of eggs will have decreased a great deal compared to the previous decade.
The stamina to care for a baby
While a woman is in her thirties, she still has the energy to handle it all; the sleepless nights of caring for a baby and somehow managing her home during pregnancy. Despite the fact that fertility is declining, a woman of this age is in perfect health to conceive and carry her baby to term. This particularly applies to women in their early thirties.
The downside of having a baby in your thirties especially after 35 years is that the chances of getting a miscarriage are high due to the decreasing amount and quality of eggs. Also, giving birth to a baby with Down syndrome is more likely than when you are in your twenties. Family and friends also tend to stress you out by putting pressure on you; they might keep reminding you that your biological clock is ticking and you need to conceive as soon as possible.
Conception in your 40s.
In your forties, the probability that you will get pregnant is very low. It is not impossible but it is quite a task. The quality and quantity of eggs produced at this age reduce rapidly as years pass by. Women who are pregnant at this age are more likely to experience pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure, lengthy labor and birth complications leading to a caesarean birth, miscarriages, and gestational diabetes. It is also very likely to give birth to a baby with a genetic disorder and chromosomal abnormalities.
To boost fertility among women of all ages, it is necessary to carry out a fertility test. To test for the quantity and quality of eggs the following fertility test options can be used:
Quantity of eggs
- Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)
- Antral follicle count (AFC)
- Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol carried out on day 2 or 3 of your period
Quality of eggs
- Age tells it all; as a woman ages, her egg’s quality keeps dwindling.
- Comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) + in vitro fertilization (IVF)
No matter what age you are when you are trying to conceive remember these do’s and don’ts when trying to conceive.
Make sure you are listening to your body’s signals if you start to feel unusual changes to your body, and consult a doctor if you have any concerns at any point during your pregnancy.