Getting Pregnant in Your 20s, 30s, and 40s

Getting Pregnant in Your 20s, 30s, and 40s

In your twenties

When you are in your twenties, your body is primed and ready for pregnancy. This is the easiest time for a woman to get pregnant, and it is also the time that most women get pregnant. All of the eggs that a woman has at this time are fresh, healthy and viable, and this is the safest time for a woman to get pregnant, since the risk for birth defects are lower than when a woman is older. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

You also usually have more energy in your twenties,and you might find that your body is able to “bounce back” from pregnancy a lot easier in your twenties than when you are older. Of course, this doesn’t mean that every woman in her 20’s should have a baby. Women in their twenties are just starting out, getting education and jobs, finding partners, buying homes, traveling the world.

Women in their twenties might not have their personal lives or finances in order enough to have a baby,and they also might not feel ready to “settle down” and start a family. Getting pregnant in your twenties can sometimes be easier than getting pregnant when you are older, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right time for everyone.

In your thirties

The thirties are seen as a somewhat happy medium for women when it comes to pregnancy. Women in their thirties tend to be more settled in life than women in their twenties. They might be personally at a place in their lives when they are ready to have children.

Their finances might be in better order, and they might have already established a career and found a partner to raise a child with. For the most part, women in their thirties are simply more “grown up” than women in their twenties.

The only problem is that a woman in her thirties has to deal with her eggs being more mature as well, which can mean a bigger possibility for problems getting pregnant. When a woman reaches her mid-thirties, her fertility really sees a dramatic drop.

Gestational hypertension and gestational diabetes are also more evident for women in their 30’s. The bottom line is that the early-to-mid thirties are usually seen as a very safe and healthy time to have a baby, while the mid-to-late thirties is the time when things become a bit riskier.

In your forties

For many reasons, women are waiting until later in life to have children. More women are focusing on their careers for longer periods of time, and more women are waiting until later in life to get married and settle down. For that reason, more than ever, women are waiting until their forties to get pregnant.

However, medically speaking, getting pregnant in your forties is much more dangerous than any other decade. It’s also much less likely to happen as fertility after 40 is much lessened. By age 40, your body has already used up many, if not all, of your viable eggs, and the ones left are less than stellar.

This leads to a higher risk of chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome for women in their forties. A woman’s risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome is somewhere around 1 in 86 at age 40, and jumps dramatically to 1 in 21 at age 45.

There is also a greater risk of multiples with pregnancies that occur after age 40, and women might be more susceptible to preterm labor and early delivery as well. However, with more and more women waiting until later to have children, if you decide to get pregnant in your 40’s, you definitely will not be alone.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).