Women’s Fertility: Is 30 the New 35?

Women's Fertility: Is 30 the New 35?

It has been said that when it comes to women’s fertility, that 30 is the new 35. Nowadays, more and more women are trying to conceive after 35. The trend that we are seeing these days is that more and more women are opting to have children in their early 30’s rather than waiting until they are 35 or older. Most experts agree that between age 30 and 35 is the age that women really need to become serious about whether or not they wish to have children. There are many reasons that we are seeing this shift in women, and we are going to explore just why it is that 35 is the magic number. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The dramatic drop off in fertility

Women’s fertility peaks in their early twenties, and begins to gradually decline after that. However, at around age 35 comes a very dramatic drop off point for fertility and fertility then begins to decline at a much more rapid pace. A 30 year old woman has around a twenty percent chance of getting pregnant each month, while a 40 year old woman has around only a five percent chance of getting pregnant each month.

The increased birth defect risk

There is also an increased risk of birth defects, namely Down Syndrome, in babies born to mothers over 35. Women in their 30’s have around a 1 in 900 chance of having a baby with Down Syndrome, while the chance for mothers who are age 25 is around a 1 in 1500 chance. By the time a woman gets to age 40, her chances for having a baby with Down Syndrome is as great as 1 in 375.

The increased miscarriage risk

The risk of a miscarriage also increases in direct correlation with the age of the mother. In women over 35, the miscarriage rate is around 18%, compared with only around 10% when women are in their late 20’s or early 30’s. The risk of miscarriage continues to increase the older a woman gets. Women over 35 are also much more likely to have ectopic pregnancies than women in their early 30’s, as well.

The increased risk of health problems

Women over age 35 are also at an increased risk of health issues when they become pregnant at this age. More than 40 percent of moms age 35 or older will have to have a C-section birth, compared to only around 25 or 30 percent of moms in their late 20’s or early 30’s. As a woman reaches age 35 or so, her risk of pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes or gestational hypertension, also increases dramatically.

ConceiveEasy TTC Kit + 20 FREE Pregnancy Tests

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.