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Is There A Perfect Age For Pregnancy?

Is There A Perfect Age For Pregnancy?


When you're talking about the perfect age for pregnancy, it really varies depending on physical and emotional readiness. While you can't always be fully prepared for your bundle of joy, knowing when you're physically and emotionally in your prime can help you determine the age that's right for you.

A woman is in her best physical condition in her 20's. If you're concerned about having enough energy and endurance to chase a toddler, or want to avoid many of the potential health complications that can occur in 30 and 40-something women, you may want to have your children in your 20's. Your fertility actually peaks before age 25, and begins to decrease in your early 30's. Chronic medical conditions are also less common in women in their 20's.

However, you may not be emotionally ready in your 20's, so if you're more concerned about being prepared to give up a lot of your social life or plans to travel the world, put off baby making until you're in your 20's or 40's. You grow a lot in your 20's, and you might feel differently in ten years than you do now about your career or lifestyle. Some women who have children in their 20's feel like they missed out on some of what earlier life has to offer, such as spending one on one time with a new spouse, or taking that last minute vacation to Mexico with the girls at Spring Break.

Some studies, such as one from The Complete Guide to Pregnancy After 30, say that women who are pregnant between the ages of 34 and 44 has almost as good odds of having a healthy baby as women who are 25. It's that almost that keeps people from wanting to push pregnancy too late in life not to mention that you are more easily fatigued and have less in common with younger moms whose children will be your tots neighbors and playmates. Think about your age when your child leaves for college will you be 65 or even older? If you have retirement plans they may have to be put on the back burner until your child is out of the home.

Most physicians believe that women between the ages of 25 and 34 do best for pregnancy in terms of health. You won't have to undergo prenatal testing based on your age, and your chances of having a baby with a genetic abnormality like Down's Syndrome are considerably lower. Whether you're 23 and expecting your second baby, or are 45 and wanting to experience motherhood for the first time, know the risks as well as the advantages of being a parent at any stage of life.

 


 
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