Conceiving Past 30: What Women Need To Know

Conceiving past 30 is becoming more and more common as couples delay parenthood until they build a solid foundation in their lives. Here's what to know

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July 25, 2019
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Deciding to get pregnant and to have a baby is probably the most important decision you will have to make. One of the biggest questions that arise is what are the ideal years? Certainly, there are differences between getting pregnant in your 20s and 30s. The opinion “the younger the better” is definitely the most popular one. However, there are many benefits and advantages of getting pregnant in your 30s that don’t exist when you are younger.

The health and fertility aspect

There is no doubt that women in their 20s often get pregnant easily. All the hormones and reproductive parts are still young and healthy, and it is easier on your body to go through everything. However, the 30s are not that different and you don’t have to fear whether you will ever have a child since your fertility levels will not drop significantly. Healthy women in their 30s still have a great chance of getting pregnant. One more thing worth talking about is that the biological clock doesn’t affect only women. Men too, experience a decrease in sperm count and semen quality, so it is important to talk about pregnancy tips for men, as well. Those include age, weight, physical activity, smoking and drinking habits, and overall health condition, which should be regularly checked.

Chances of getting twins

One of the benefits of conceiving past thirty is that your chances of having twins double.This question is something many women are interested in, and here are some facts you should know. Another proof that women in their 30s have high chances of getting pregnant is that the likelihood of having twins rises. This is due to higher FSH hormone levels, which is responsible for the development of eggs while they are still not released from the ovaries. Other factors responsible for higher chances of a twin pregnancy are family history, weight, race, etc. A history of non-identical twins in your family can also mean you have a higher chance of getting them, as well.

Women who have a BMI over 30 are also more likely to conceive twins because extra fat leads to higher levels of estrogen, which stimulates the ovaries. As for the race, African-Americans are more likely to conceive multiples than Caucasian and Asian women. Fertility treatments are also one of the ways you can get twins or triplets because they can boost ovulation. 

Stability and emotional maturity

Emotional maturity varies, and it doesn’t have to depend on our age; however, it is still an important part of getting pregnant. It is affected by many factors, besides the changes in our brain. The way we grew and how independent we are, as well as our desire to learn and create new experiences. Taking all this into consideration, we can safely say that the 20s are risky years to get pregnant, based on that maturity factor. Life experience alone is an important part of conceiving a new life, and you simply have more of it by the time you reach your 30s. Besides, when we are young, we have fewer fears, less long-term plans, and less responsibility in life. One more aspect to be considered is the unfinished physical development during our 20s that proves we are maybe just not ready. 

The benefits of modern medicine

Breakthroughs in medicine happen all the time, and thanks to them, we are now living longer lives. This is one reason why the guilt in people who want to have a child before it is too late is not as expressed as it used to be. There is also no more of that fear that we will not be there to watch our children grow. The prolonged life expectancy and medical advancements are reasons enough to show us that there isn’t a rush. Regardless of your personal beliefs, it is good to know that there are fertility treatments that enable women in their 40s and 50s to get pregnant. This certainly brings hope to anyone who is still deciding or simply not ready.

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Conclusion

Having a baby is definitely not an easy choice to make. The pressure from our biological clock that keeps ticking can even rush us into decisions we are not happy with. This is why it is important to know all the facts about getting pregnant in your 30s because it will show you that it can still be done in a healthy way for you and the baby and that it will still be a magical life experience.