Pregnancy is one of those
milestones in a woman’s life with which comes not just the happiness
surrounding motherhood but also the responsibility of being able to
nurture another life altogether. Neither is the decision easy nor is the
journey. Out of the myriad questions that bother women, one of the most
daunting one is, “What is the right age to have a child?” I might not
give a one-word straightforward answer to this question. However, go
ahead and read the ayes and nays of having a child right from your teens
to your fifties to decide the answer for yourself.
of the teenage pregnancies are unplanned and happen by accident. The
significant health risks that teenage pregnancies lead to are
pregnancy-related blood pressure in mothers-to-be and premature birth
and low weight at birth in the children (1).
While that was the health concern, what’s worse is the financial
haphazardness that affects both the mother and the child. As obvious as
it seems, pregnancy under 20 (okay, 18 precisely) is not something
anyone should be even thinking of.
terms of fertility, your body is at its fertile best when you are in
your 20s. However, whether you are settled enough financially and
relationship-wise is something you and your partner should figure out.
Also, the body’s ability to recoup from all that happens during
pregnancy is much efficient than later in life. If you plan on having
two or more kids, again, starting as early as in your 20s is a better
idea. From a physical perspective, you are active and stronger in your
20s, which makes the childbearing process less cumbersome for you.
Issues like diabetes, hypertension, and cardiac disorders, which might
cause complications in pregnancies, are less likely to occur in your
20s. Plus, you get to grow with your kids and their kids while you still
aren’t that old!
consider the 30s to be ideal for conceiving owing to the fact that you
are financially and mentally more settled at this time. Pregnancy in the
early 30s is still not a problem. But the idea of conceiving after 35
requires you to understand that your fertility is rapidly declining as
you age, more so after 35 (2). Women in their late 30s continue to
menstruate every month and also ovulate most of the times. However, the
eggs that are released might not necessarily be of good quality, and the
chances of getting pregnant with that kind of quality of eggs is
difficult. Socioeconomic and psychological factors are as important to
consider as fertility, but strictly in the biological sense, it is
fertility that matters first when you are planning to have kids.
Consider this if you are already in your 30s and are planning a family.
today’s era, pregnancy in the 40s is quite common. This delay in the
maternal age might not cause serious obstetrical repercussions, provided
your existing lifestyle-related problems are taken care of (3).
Gestational diabetes and hypertension are the two significant problems
that might cause hiccups during your pregnancy. However, if you can
correct these problems with dietary and lifestyle changes, pregnancy in
the 40s is not as alarming as it is portrayed by the elders. If you are
in relatively good health and can go for regular prenatal check-ups, you
could jolly well get pregnant in your 40s. However, the fertility
quotient might be lesser than what it was while you were younger.