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The Right Age To Get Pregnant
A lot has been written and said about the right age for a woman to get pregnant. And although every other woman out there would have her own views on the subject, it is best considered to contemplate on the pros and cons of conceiving at different ages before choosing the best option.
In this article, I have tried to highlight the possible pros and cons of conceiving at different stages of life in addition to pointing out the various factors one would need to take into consideration before deciding to have a baby at that particular age. Hopefully, it would shed enough light on the matter for expectant mothers.
The MPF Rule
Although many individuals differ in their view points on the right age for pregnancy, almost all of them seem to agree that couples (or the mother at least) need to be physically, mentally and financially stable before trying to conceive. This they believe would enable them to give the best for their baby while taking care of their needs as well.
Getting Pregnant Between 18-25 years
Considered as the years when a woman’s fertility is at its peak, the age group of 18-25 years is often touted to be the best time for a woman to get pregnant. And here are the reasons why.
A woman at this stage would experience regular menstrual cycles (mostly) and so would find it easier to conceive. Her health would also be at its prime and so she would be able to support the baby’s weight during pregnancy and his/her feeding needs after child birth.
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Getting pregnant between the ages of 18-25 would also give rise to fewer complications before, during and after the pregnancy. A woman in this age group would also be mature enough to take appropriate decisions with regards to her life and her baby’s well being in the long run.
Gone are the days when women used to settle down at home completely after marriage. The woman of today is more career -oriented and likes to make independent decisions with regards to her family and her life. And so, it has become common for married women to continue studying or working after settling down with her in laws.
If this is the case, then it would become difficult for a woman in this age group (between 20-25 years) to raise a child. So if you are interested in developing your career and want to enjoy your financial freedom for a while, now would not be the right time for a baby to enter the house.
With age, a woman’s fertility decreases. However, a woman can still give birth at the age of 30 or more. And even more her health and fertility levels would be a bit low as when compared to the earlier age group, she can still conceive between 25-30 years with minimum or no complications.
A lot of women are opting for late pregnancies, possibly in their late 20s’ these days. Getting pregnant after 25 years would enable a woman to become emotionally and financially strong enough to handle a new entrant into the family.
While working women would find it easier to balance life and work now that they have been doing it for a while (from marriage), they would also come to the point wherein they want to settle down in life and possibly start a family while putting work related subjects on the back burner.
The only issue with getting pregnant between 25-30 years is a questionable health factor. And although it may vary from one individual to another, some women start experiencing subtle signs of aging from 27 years onwards and could possibly tire out easily.
Above 30 Years
Although it is not impossible, doctors often advise women to get pregnant before reaching 30 years of age. The reason for this is attributed to the fact that a woman’s health starts decreasing after she reaches the age of 30 years.
Getting pregnant after 30 years would enable you to become financially stable and let you enjoy your life with your loved one for a while before settling down to motherhood and the myriad of tasks that come with it.
In addition to reduced fertility levels, a woman’s health would start reducing after she crosses 30 years of age. And so, she could stand the chance to contract issues like decreased immunity levels, trouble conceiving (the rate of ovulation decreases considerably), miscarriages, or possible birth defects etc.
Above 40 years
Of course there is nothing stopping you from getting pregnant at this age, provided that you are healthy enough to carry a baby, financially stable to cater to your baby’s need and emotionally strong enough to face the hurdles of motherhood.
Most women would start experiencing the first symptoms of menopause at this stage. And so in addition to experiencing very low fertility levels, they would also experience the other signs of menopause, namely fatigue, irritation, hot flushes and significant mood swings. A pregnancy at this stage could aggravate the symptoms and cause complications to the fetus.
Getting pregnant after 40 could also become a kind of social stigma, especially when your kid turns 20 and you turn 60. By this time, you would have to depend on your kid for most of your necessities and that could place an emotional burden on your son/daughter.
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