Anything over the age of 35 counts as a 'geriatric pregnancy' - the cheek! But in all seriousness, times are changing and lots of people choose to have a baby in their 30s and older where they might be more financially stable and settled. And really, there is no right or wrong time to have a baby – different decades have their benefits.
There are always lots of different ways to keep you and your little one healthy at no matter what age. These mums tell us the truth about what it is like being pregnant in your 30s.
The truth about being pregnant in your 30s:
‘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.
Some think that women who give birth in their 30s are more likely to have a settled and 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.
‘By now you have learnt enough about yourself so you can prepare for the challenges involved in looking after someone else,’ says Mia.
Niki Harrison, is a GP. ‘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.’
3) Stable career
Having a baby in your 30s may also mean you have a quicker 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.
4) Quicker labour
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.’
5) How to prepare:
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