At What Age Should I Have a Baby?

At a certain point in life, many women start to believe their internal clock can begin to affect their ability to have children and that they must become pregnant as soon as possible. While studies have shown women under the age of 35 have a higher chance of conceiving than those over the age of 35, it is important that you do not rush your pregnancy. Taking the time to understand the amount of time and effort that goes into taking care of a child is a crucial step toward starting a family. Here is some information that can help you and your partner determine whether you are both ready for parenthood.  

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How to Know if You and Your Partner Ready

Children can be a huge responsibility and require a lot of time and love to raise. When a couple starts to consider having children, they should base their decision on whether they are emotionally, mentally, and financially ready. Make sure you and your partner take the time to sit down and talk about these factors and whether the choice to start a family right now makes sense for you both.

Before trying to conceive, you may also want to visit a fertility specialist to make sure you and your partner are in good health, or if any unforeseen complications may arise when trying to conceive. If you would like to have a big family, then you and your partner should consider how soon you want to have kids, as well as how far apart you will want to space out your pregnancies. It is important that you ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are your current circumstances able to provide for a child?
  • Do you feel physically ready to go through pregnancy?
  • Will your age prevent you from achieving your goal?

Does Age Matter?

It is a known fact that women over the age of 35 who would like to become mothers may be at a higher risk to encounter health issues. Women over 35 are more susceptible than younger women to suffer from miscarriages, infertility, or having a child born with a genetic disorder. However, younger women may also experience these complications or other infertility issues. If you still wish to conceive, several fertility treatment options are available to help you achieve your dream.

Your Fertility Treatment Options

In Vitro Fertilization

A woman’s (or man’s) age, genetics, or medical condition can often play a huge role in her ability to become pregnant. Women who are experiencing fertility issues can have a successful outcome using their own eggs during an in vitro fertilization cycle. This treatment requires retrieving a woman’s eggs from her ovaries to be fertilized with her partner’s sperm as the embryo is then implanted into the uterus.

Egg Freezing

Women who would like children but still do not feel ready can look into freezing their eggs. Egg freezing can safely preserve your eggs until you are sure the time is right to conceive. When you feel ready to have kids, your eggs will be thawed out and fertilized with your partner’s or donor sperm.

No matter how old you may currently be, having a child is a beautiful and wonderful experience. Knowing when you are ready to embrace motherhood is the first step to making your family dreams a reality.

To learn more about pregnancy and which fertility treatment may be right for you, please contact our office at (310) 929-6707 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Saadat online today! Our team is here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.