Many people say that pregnancy in your 30s is not a good idea. It is believed that women are most fertile in their 20s. However, more and more women these days are looking to postpone their pregnancy until they reach their 30s. So, is it really not advisable to get pregnant after 30, or is it just a myth? Here is all that you should know.
Pregnancy after 30
Studies have shown that it is always better to opt for pregnancy in early 30s than later as conceiving gets difficult beyond this age. Getting pregnant is more challenging in your mid-30s. If you’re planning to have your baby when you’re 30 or older, make sure you gather all the information regarding your physical and emotional health. Here is everything you should consider before you get pregnant when you’re 30 plus.
Advantages of getting pregnant in your 30s
If you want to get pregnant when you are 30 or older, these are some of the things that might work to your advantage:
- Less stress about career: By this age, most women are already or almost settling in their careers and will have less worry about their future.
- Financial Stability:Most couples are financial stable by this time and can maintain their finances effectively.
- More energetic:A woman is very energetic and full of stamina in her 30s. This is a perfect time to nourish a baby in her womb.
- Good chances of giving birth to twins:The levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) grow as you age. There are more possibilities to conceive twins or multiples around this time.
Disadvantages of getting pregnant after 30
While some may find it better to get pregnant after they turn 30, there are certain cons you must consider before planning the same. These include:
- Fertility starts declining: The quality of eggs start to decline after you’re 30 plus. That is one of the reasons it is believed that you stand the best chance of getting pregnant when you’re in your 20s.
- Odds of conceiving are lower: Your chances of getting pregnant are high but not as much as they would have been in your 20s. Once you are over 35, the odds of conceiving are lower.
- High chances of miscarriage: You are likely to be at a higher risk of miscarriage than in your 20s.
- Pregnancy complications: Women over 35 are at a higher risk of suffering multiple complications such as ectopic pregnancy, placenta previa, low birth weight babies and premature delivery. The risk of fetal abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome is also higher after 35.
Things to keep in mind for Pregnancy after 30
If you are planning to get pregnant after 30, it is important you are prepared and know about everything. Here are some important things to do while planning pregnancy after 30:
- See your gynecologist: Before planning, make sure you get a full gynecological check-up done. It includes checking for irregular periods, sexually transmitted diseases, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and fibroids.
- Get a thorough check-up of your partner: Make sure you take your partner along for a thorough check-up. If he has a fertility problem, consult an experienced specialist who can help you find the right fertility treatment. Seek immediate medical advice for IVF once you know that you or your partner has issues conceiving.
- Book an appointment if you’re over 35: Consult your doctor if you are over 35 and have been having intercourse without contraception for over a year, without conceiving. Your doctor may recommend further tests to check for genetic abnormalities or inhibitors.
- Keep a check on your lifestyle: If you need to make changes to your lifestyle, now is the time. Keep a check on your eating habits, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep. Quit smoking and drinking, and stay away from harmful chemicals. Paying attention to following a healthy life pattern helps improve your chances of getting pregnant.
Facts about Pregnancy after 30
Here are some important facts to consider when it comes to getting pregnant after you become 30 or older.
- Cesarean Section: Women who get pregnant after 35 are more likely to have a cesarean delivery.
- Miscarriage: Women who conceive after 30 have a higher chance of miscarriage.
- Detailed examination: Women in their 30s have a more detailed examination throughout their pregnancy, as compared to those who are pregnant in their 20s.
- Other tests: Tests such as amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling etc. will be done to check the health of the baby, as well as the quality of amniotic fluid.
- Age of the father: The father’s age also affects the time it takes to conceive. About 15% of men beyond 35 fail to impregnate their partner after a year of trying.
If you’re not ready to have a child in your 20s, that shouldn’t be a cause of worry. With the rapid changes and advancement in medical sciences, more and more women in their 30s and 40s are giving birth to healthy, happy babies. Taking care of your health, eating right and exercising regularly can ensure that you have a happy pregnancy and healthy baby at any age. Come over to KIMS Cuddles and have a discussion with our doctors who will guide you in making the decision about your pregnancy.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.