There is more freedom in the current generation in choosing when to start a family. Whether it's waiting until a career is established or having children while finishing school. Part of the freedom is because people have longer life expectancies. There is not as much of a rush to have babies when a person knows that they likely have quite a bit more time left on their biological clock. Has the body adjusted it's fertility to this new life expectancy? What do doctors have to say about this change? What is the best time to pursue pregnancy?
In the list below doctors delve into the common advice that they are giving to women hoping to conceive. They get real about the benefits of pregnancy at different ages. They "get real" about what science leads us to believe the best age to conceive and give birth is. The doctors look at this from the standpoint of maternal health and baby health. Women looking for a timetable for their fertility might find this article particularly helpful as we delve into the pros and cons of different ages. In the end we review how the body may go rogue in order to set a timetable all its own.
14 Doctor: Women Conceiving After 35 Have Better Memory
For some time now, science has generally placed women 35 and older into the "advanced maternal age". This means that women of this age are usually monitored more closely because of the higher risks. In a new study, one that takes more of a big picture look at pregnancy, they found that the one benefit to women over 35 having kids is that they have greater verbal memory. The tests also showed that the cognitive part of the brain performed better too.
Many times when looking at the perfect age to have a baby it is looked at in terms of biology. This shift is a welcome change for those of us delaying babies. This link in memory and cognitive thinking is believed to be related to hormones. The hormones of progesterone and estrogen have a good effect on your brain.
13 Doctor: Late Teens Are Best Biologically Speaking
In the biological category, many doctors are prone to acknowledging that our bodies are best able to physically handle pregnancy in the late teens and early twenties. These ages have a lower risk of miscarriage, a lower risk of ectopic pregnancy, and stillbirth. Also, it's less likely at those ages to have trouble with infertility. Moms in their 20's are not likely to have been diagnosed or experienced chronic health problems at this time in their lives. This means that they are less likely to be on medications that have an effect on the baby or their body while carrying the baby. Do not fret if you find yourself over 20. You may physically have an uphill battle, but there will be additional benefits to enjoy. Going into pregnancy as healthy as possible can help.
12 Doctor: 26 Is The Best Age To Avoid Birth Defects
Statistically speaking 26 is the age where the baby is likely to be born with the least chance of imperfection. That wording is not good. Let's try: There is a lower chance of the baby being born with any birth defects. That is going to be a pretty difficult thing for all of us to give birth to our first baby when we are 26. Especially if you are already over 26 now. If you did have your first one at 26, take a look at that little angel. Is he or she pretty perfect? Yeah? Good. Pat yourself on the back. You do great work. Now everyone take a little look at your bundle of joy who wasn't born when you were 26? They look pretty perfect too, huh? Yeah, mine also. Even their imperfections are perfect.
11 Doctor: 32 Is The Best Age To Avoid Infant Death
But you just said that 26 was the best age to give birth for the best chance at benefitting the health of the baby... I hear you say. I know, guys. It is, but this study didn't look at the birth defects. It looked at the infant mortality rate. That means it looked at how many babies were born. Factoring in those lost to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or stillborn. It says that this age is the age to give birth to your first in order to have the best chance of having a live birth. That is why this whole planning when you have babies becomes impossible based on age. What factors matter most? How many factors go into this besides the age. Since you are reading this article I suspect you may feeling some sort of way about your time ticking. Know that there is hope no matter what.
10 Doctor: 29 Is The Best Age For Mothers To Feel The Most Energetic
Women were quizzed on which age they had their first baby. They also were asked about their energy level and physical ailments as they aged. They went on to ask about physical ailments the mother suffered into middle to old age. The answer revealed if you are looking for feeling physically fit and energetic when you get into middle and late age, getting pregnant at age 29 might be the sweet spot for you to have the benefits. This reveals that not only does your body have immediate changes that could affect you, years down the road you can have repercussions based on when the body had gone through pregnancy with your first child. This whole what age to have a baby thing gets more complicated by the minute.
9 Doctor: 34 Is The Best Age For Mothers To Have Fewest Aches And Pains
Are you concerned that you will be hurting in your old age? Are you concerned that you may have chronic conditions that could cause a lot of those aches when you finally get to retirement age? Then we have an age for you to aim for in that first pregnancy. It's 34. That is the sweet spot (supposedly) in order to enjoy the lowest statistical chance of having aches and pains in old age. This age also seems to have the lowest instances of chronic ailments associated with it when babies were had at age 34. This again is a self-reported study in which the mothers filled out the survey through cell phone and the doctor combined the information into the report. The average age of 34 showed the best chance of avoiding old age aches and pains.
8 Doctor: 34 Is The Best Age For Mortality Of Mother
Doctors have suggested that 34 is the best age to have a baby with the overall likelihood of minimal complications and mom's life less at risk. Having the first baby beyond age 34 tended to show a correlation with aches and pains, as well as chronic illness. Additionally, the mother lived longer or lived with less health problems than those younger and older mothers.
34 is also a good age because most (at all) women at this age tend to be more settled within their lives. Steady careers, strong social bonds, perhaps even a partner and overall in optimal health. It's the middle of life (sort to speak!) so it goes without assuming that doctors would encourage women to have or continue to have children throughout their 34th birthday!
7 Doctor: Having A Baby Is Healthier At 34 Than At 18
This might be somewhat confusing, especially given the fact that science proves the optimal age to have a child (biologically speaking) is in your early menstruating years, but let me try to shed light on the statement that was made by Dr. Mirowsky. He was pointing out that based on the info that he gathered, women who had babies at 18 years old later found their health to be much different than a woman who had her first baby at 34 years old. In the later years, the 34-year-old will likely have their health comparable to that of someone 14 years younger, as opposes to the 18-year old whose future health wasn't nearly as strong or stable. Now, whether or not it's a psychological thing or an actual physical thing - it seems like 34 is the route to take!
6 Doctor: Having Your Last Baby After 35 Could Have Health Risks
Many of the previous facts have shown what happens when having your first baby early or late. There was another study done by a doctor that looked at what age having your last baby would affect the health of the mother. Having the baby after age 35 showed a link to having higher blood pressure in the mother, higher blood sugar, and a harder time getting around by the mother later in life. This is shocking after all the positives that we were able to see in the above ages in regards to having a first child at 34. Another thing noted was that in the mothers who had their last birth after 35, their physicians usually had poorer evaluations of their patients. This outcome is a little less hopeful than we were mentioning above, but still note that this based on averages. There is no crystal ball to know what your health will reveal.
5 Body Says: Infertility After 35
We have all seen the covers of the magazines toting the grandma giving birth. We have watched as the over 40 celebrities give birth. Julia Roberts, Janet Jackson, or Gwen Stefani just to name a few. This contradicts the what the studies have lead us to believe in the past. The body does seem to be able to carry a baby and to become pregnant older than 35. Interestingly enough statistics show that pregnancy rates for women over 40 have more than doubled in the last 24 years. Whether the body needs a small boost from science or makes it's own way is irrelevant. It can be done. It's important for women to be aware that there body has this potential because it seems that we are meant to hear our biological clocks tick louder than men. Added stress can damage many facets of a woman's health including fertility. Your body is capable in many amazing things including remaining fertile. Especially after you sell off your last baby item.
4 Body Says: Pregnancy At Age 29 Equals More Energy
If you ask most pregnant women at any age you will find most of them will categorically deny having more energy. Even if it is the day that they turn 29 and pregnant. "Energy" is just not a word associated with pregnancy. Unless it's in regards to the amount of energy the baby is sucking out of you while you gestate it. The body knows what it is gearing up for and contrary to what the doctor might tell you, it's likely going to be trying to conserve any energy it can. That isn't to say you won't have bouts of energy during the pregnancy. You likely will. No matter your age. Your body will receive signals from your hormones to let it know when it's time to rest and when it's time to get moving.
3 Body Says: Late Teens Are Biologically Best For Pregnancy
Doctors have long hailed this late teen or early 20's time frame as the best to conceive biologically. That may not be the case. Presently many women gain their diagnoses for gynecological conditions in this time period. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Endometriosis are the ones that popped into my head. These conditions cause pain and some infertility symptoms. They can start very young and make it difficult to conceive even if you are in the "sweet spot" pregnancy.
Lifestyle choices can also reflect that it's not biologically best. This is a time when many people are experimenting with substances, alcohol or generally living a more dangerous, action packed lifestyle. That lifestyle makes the late teens and early twenties a difficult fit for taking care of another human being. Biologically speaking the substances and actions can cause miscarriage or harm to a baby.
2 Body Says: Late Babies Doesn't Equal Absolute Health Risks
Many, many healthy moms go on to have babies after 35 and have no health risks. It's important to look at the large picture when examining some of the doctor studies. When they are looking at older aged women having a greater amount of health risks are they getting the whole picture? Are the comparing women that are in the same kind of shape before pregnancy? Obviously we all have periods of letting ourselves go- was the older mom in a funk when she became pregnant. Look I was pregnant in my 20's and I had gestational diabetes and some chronic conditions. A lot of these things are going to be hereditary and though it may not catch up into you are older, that doesn't necessarily prove the cause was the late pregnancy. There is much more research to be done.
1 Body Says: Late Teen Pregnancies Result In Lonely Moms
Having a baby is a big change in our lives. No matter the age that it happens, it's going to cause some uproar. There is going to be some friendship strains, there are going to be some times that you feel like you are the only one up in the whole world. There are times that you are absolutely certain that no one remembers who you are. The body does not care if you are teens, 20's, 30's or 40's when it comes to the hormonal adjustments it makes. A youngster can have Postpartum depression as well as someone older. It's important at every age to be aware of your mood and how you are coping with your everyday life. You can and should find mom's to hang with and bond with. If not in your town, check out the baby chat groups and make friends.