Does age really matter? Discover the advantages and disadvantages of pregnancy in these three decades.
Most women are aware of their “biological clock”, however, when it comes to the truth, how important is the role of age? If you take the time to ask several women about the ideal age to have children, you will get a wide variety of answers.
Certainly with each decade there are advantages and disadvantages, which although of course they are generalizations, they serve as basic clues for future or next mothers.
If you want to get pregnant in your 20s, biology is on your side. Even so, in some cases, a woman’s most fertile stage does not coincide with the stability of her partner or her economy. However, it is impossible to deny that during the twenties a woman’s body is more receptive than ever: her menstrual cycles are more regular and her fertility peaks will be a constant. In addition, the risks of hypertension or gestational diabetes are lower.
But it’s not just you who benefits, it’s your baby. As you age, your ovaries age with you, so the “quality” of your eggs gradually deteriorates. Therefore, a younger woman’s eggs are less likely to have genetic abnormalities, such as Down syndrome, among other congenital diseases.
Even so, during this period most women find themselves immersed in their work and marriage, so adding a third burden can wreak emotional havoc. Also, sad but true, the “cost of motherhood” can be reflected in your career, but according to this study, if we want to be more productive, the answer is to have children.
Although from the same creators of “and you when you’re going to get married” comes “and by when the kids come,” the truth is that a woman who has her first child before age 34 is, in terms of health, fourteen years younger than a mother who gives birth at eighteen, says University of Texas-Austin sociology professor John Mirowsky, Ph.D. In other words, women who give birth in late adolescence develop more health problems than those who wait until they are 30 years old (and although we would like to tell you that “there you have the perfect answer”, the truth is that you don’t have to show or explain anything to anyone! thanks to the thirties for having taught you among so many things, that).
That is to say that although the thirty have demonized as if the fertility button automatically stops working once you blow out the thirty candles on the ponqué, the truth is that it is not until you are 38 that the fertility rate possibly decreases.
During this decade, you will be in an ideal period to prepare for motherhood, as you still have the vitality of the twenties but you are inclined towards the maturity of the forties. However, even if you have greater stability in your relationship, career, and finances, the risks do increase. The risks of hypertension during pregnancy are twice as high for women in their 20s as for women in their 20s, and the risk of developing gestational diabetes, having an abortion, or having a cesarean delivery (twice as likely as for women in their 20s).
So while studies show that children born to mothers who were 30 or older at the time of their first birth are more likely to score higher in school, even if you’re old enough doesn’t mean you have to have them.
Certainly if the forties are the new thirties, the maternity rate in this age group has quadrupled. And as much as we defend the idea that everyone makes their own rules, it’s important to know the risks and advantages of being a mom in her 40s.
On the one hand, waiting has its rewards: women who have their first baby at age 40 or older live longer on average, probably as a result of better access to health care and financial stability.
However, the disadvantage of becoming pregnant later in life is primarily the increased risk of health problems for the mother and baby. One third of women over the age of 40 have infertility problems and experience an increased risk of complications such as gestational diabetes, urinary incontinence and uterine prolapse. In addition, about one-third of all pregnancies in women aged 40 to 44 end in miscarriages. There are several reasons: for starters, the eggs may be defective, the lining of the uterus may not be thick enough, or the blood supply to the uterus may not be rich enough to sustain a pregnancy.
But don’t be afraid! And check with your doctor. It’s normal to be more concerned about your health and that of your baby, but generally, all pregnancies are successful. Value, love and listen to your body, after all it is only one of the many things you learned in your forties.