It seemed the whole world was telling me how much harder it would be. All of a sudden, I was officially old. Or at least, my eggs were. I was faced with a fact of biology I had no control over: As women get older, eggs naturally decline in number and in quality. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists , fertility starts to drop most significantly around age 32, then takes a further plummet around age
Moms In Their Thirties Compared To Moms In Their Twenties
Is there really a "right time" to get pregnant? As it turns out, everyone you ask will likely give you a different answer, but take it from these moms who've been there and know firsthand. Being able to create life is undeniably one of the most beautiful gifts bestowed on women, but it also comes with a very loud and constantly ticking clock. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a woman who's not uncomfortably aware of her biological clock and that her chances for getting pregnant and raising a family are up against it. But while a woman might be in her fertile prime in her 20s, this decade is not an ideal time for many women to tackle pregnancy and parenting. Some women aren't even ready in their early 30s. That's why most experts and moms alike agree that there is no perfect age to get pregnant.
There are more than a few myths and misconceptions when it comes to the topic of infertility. The Office on Women's Health at the U. Department of Health and Human Services cites statistics that one in every ten couples aged has trouble conceiving.
For the first time, women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms in the United States. Health experts say the shift is due to more women waiting longer to have children and the ongoing drop in the teen birth rate. For more than three decades, women in their late 20s had the highest birth rates, but that changed last year, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.