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The Truth About Being Pregnant In Your 30s

There is no right or wrong time to have a baby– different decades have their benefits, with ways to keep you and your little one healthy

Your fertility

Medium. ‘Fertility starts to decline from your mid-30s, but you can still get pregnant,’ says Penelope. In fact, as you go through your 30s, hormonal changes can mean your body releases multiple eggs each cycle, increasing your chances of having twins.

'Your chance of having twins increases'

You’re most likely to

Have a healthy lifestyle. ‘You’ve probably thought hard about your decision to try for a baby, and this encourages women to ensure they’re healthy,’ says Zita.

You're least likely to

Have a quick labour. ‘The muscles involved in labour tend to be weaker for first-time mums in their 30s because they haven’t been used, so you could end up having a longer delivery,’ says Penelope.

What the experts say

‘By now you have learnt enough about yourself so you can prepare for the challenges involved in looking after someone else,’ says Mia.

What can you do?

'Try to take days off in the run-up to your due date'

Make time to relax. ‘Women in their 30s often work up until about 37 weeks, so they’re exhausted during and after the birth,’ says Zita. ‘Try to take days off in the run-up, book a babymoon break or take yoga classes.’

One mum reports back:

Niki Harrison, 35, from London, a GP, is 16 weeks pregnant

‘A month after my wedding last year, I decided to have my ovarian reserve checked. Although it was at the high end of the ‘low fertility’ category, I wasn’t too worried, but I did decide to use ovulation test strips to help us conceive. I’m quite relaxed about being pregnant. And I’m not too worried about my career – being a GP is one of the most flexible healthcare jobs. When I was still training, I wasn’t settled and my income wasn’t great. Now I feel financially secure enough to start a family.’

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