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    Science 'Reveals' The Best Age To Have Children, But, Is It True?

    June 21, 2017 / by Center of Reproductive Medicine   

    Center of Reproductive Medicine


    Everyone experiences life differently. Some have always known that they wanted to begin having children as soon as they could, while others chose to take their time and and see what stability they could find in life first. 

    Still, for hundreds of years, the general consensus has been that the woman’s body is ready to start having children at a younger age. It is also true that younger women have the lowest rates of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and infertility. Yet, a recent study has revealed that it is more ideal for women in their 30’s and 40’s to have children, for their own health and for the health of their children.

    There seems to be some contradiction going on, which is bound to make people wonder which side of the coin they should trust. So let’s take a look at the facts, talk about you, and what is the best way to move forward with this information.

    The Study

    Researchers at the University of Southern California studied a group of 830 postmenopausal women by testing their:

    • Visual perception
    • Concentration
    • Verbal memory
    • Planning
    • Attention 

    The results showed that “women who had their first child at 24 had better performance on these tests than women who become mothers between ages 15-24” and women who had their first child after 35 showed better scores in verbal memory and cognition. Furthermore:

    • Experts have noted that women who are 34-35 usually have a healthier relationship with their partner and have reached the appropriate amount of maturity to raise another person   
    • Because of estrogen and progesterone increasing exponentially during pregnancy, there is a positive impact on the older woman’s brain chemistry and functionality

    Based on such assessments, there are indeed benefits that can be aligned with pregnancy in your 30’s.

    The Full Picture

    Though women in their 30’s and 40’s can be affected positively by pregnancy and are generally in a more stable place in life than those that are younger, fertility begins to decline after age 35. This decline is due to the fact that the eggs have begun to age and therefore become more difficult to fertilize. In addition, late pregnancies include an increased risk for:

    • High blood pressure during pregnancy
    • Hypertension
    • Gestational diabetes
    • Unhealthy weight gain
    • Cesarean section 

    The risks only continue to increase as your age does, and that is why it is extremely important that each woman is truly aware of the full picture if and when they choose to conceive. Like most things in life, there are potential positive and negative aspects to both sides of the coin.

    Speak To An Expert

    If you are a woman in her mid 30’s or 40’s and wish to conceive, it is in your best interest to speak to a fertility specialist in order to be clear on the state of your health and how your body may respond to a pregnancy. If you have already been attempting to conceive for over 6 months, this is the usual time to consider seeking professional assistance. If you are aware of a medical issue you have that could have an affect on your infertility, make your appointment today. Some conditions that can have such an effect include: 

    • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
    • Reproductive cancers
    • Serious infections
    • Hormonal imbalances
    • Multiple miscarriages
    • Having 3 or more abortions
    • A history of inconsistent periods
    • A history of organ transplants

    Find a Houston fertility specialist by doing your research online and asking for a recommendation from a trusted doctor. Once you make an appointment, you can bring the specialist your health history and begin a dialogue about your potential future and the healthiest approach that would make the most sense for you.

    It is not an easy thing to admit that you may be struggling to make baby, but you do not want to wait too long. The longer you wait, the more difficult it could become for you. Give yourself the chance you long for and that you deserve to have.

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