When is the Best Time to Start Trying to Have a Baby?

When is the Best Time to Start Trying to Have a Baby?

The decision to have a baby is a big one. Probably the most important decision you will ever make in your lifetime and one that will affect every subsequent decision for the rest of your life. As you can see, this is not a decision to be taken lightly. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

So, the big question is when is the best time to start trying to have a baby? If only the answer was as simple as a certain age, or a certain year. It is not that simple my friends! No matter if you are in your twenties, thirties, or forties, there are advantages and disadvantages to starting a family at any age. It is all about weighing the options and deciding which is best for you and your family.

Getting pregnant in your 20’s

Your twenties is the prime time to get pregnant, when the body is most prepared and ready for pregnancy. This is by far the most common time that women start to get pregnant and begin trying to have a family. The body is usually in its best condition in your twenties, and you have a great supply of eggs readily available. Your body is at it’s peak fertility time.

The risk for pregnancy complications and risks is at its very lowest during your twenties, and as a 20-something mom, you will probably have more energy now than later in life. However, getting pregnant in your twenties can sometimes have drawbacks as well. You are usually not as grounded and set in life in your twenties.

Usually, couples are just starting out, and may not have job security or a whole lot of money set aside to cover expenses. Getting pregnant when you are young can be a struggle, and if you do have a career that is moving at a fast pace, you may have to put it on the back burner to have kids in your twenties.

Getting pregnant in your 30’s

Your thirties is also a popular time to get pregnant, especially the early thirties. Your body should still have a pretty good supply of healthy eggs in your early thirties, although by your late thirties your egg supply might start dwindling.

You might be a little more settled in life, and more grounded in career, home, and family. You are more experienced at life in your thirties, and you know what it is all about, the job, the work, the paying bills. You are not a baby anymore, but a full fledged grown up, so having a baby in your thirties might mean you are a little more mature.

During your late thirties, however, your egg supply and quality might start to dwindle, and you might become a little more at risk for complications such as gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, and even miscarriage.

Getting pregnant in your 40’s

While in your forties, you are probably well settled in life. You probably have built a nice home, have a successful career and are by now very experienced at making ends meet and the ups and downs of this thing called life. It might seem the perfect time to start trying to have a baby before it is too late.

However, for your body, your forties is not always the best time to get pregnant, with many women finding themselves trying to conceive for over a year or more when over 40. Women over 40 have usually almost completely used up their egg supply, and the eggs that remain might not be healthy. The forties is probably the most risky age group to start trying to have a baby, since there is a dramatic increase in not only pregnancy complications for the mother, but for the baby as well.

Getting pregnant in your forties can put you at a higher risk of miscarriage and also premature birth or low birth weight babies, as well as many other complications. Make sure to consider all the risks before trying to get pregnant in your forties.

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Lindsey Zaldivar
Lindsey Zaldivar | ConceiveEasy
Lindsey lives in Roselle, Illinois with her husband and son Harry. In between keeping up with a busy toddler, she enjoys blogging about parenting, cooking, crafting at The Accidental Wallflower.