Between 20 and 30:
Preparing to become pregnant
Strictly from a physical point of view, this age is the start-up period you might be thinking about becoming pregnant – the closer you are to this age, the greater your chances of getting pregnant. Irregular menstrual cycles during adolescence have gone away, so ovulation is much easier to predict. In addition, your eggs (you are born with a certain number of eggs) are healthier and younger, being good candidates for fertilization.
Between 20 and 30 years it’s not just easier to get pregnant, it’s actually easier to be pregnant. Normally, a younger body can support the extra pounds during the pregnancy more easily. Your joints have been subjected to minimal wear and you are probably years away from medical problems that occur with age.
And if you’re young, then that usually means your parents are also younger, which means more hands to help you and more fun for your children. And not just the fact that grandparents can help take care of children is important. It is also wonderful that, in the years to come, they can still take part in the school activities of their grandchildren or even accompany them on trips.
The risk of pregnancy related complications is generally lower when you are 20 years old, with only one notable exception: preeclampsia or pregnancy-induced hypertension. Preeclampsia is less related to age, this condition being more related to the fact that it occurs on the first pregnancy. Thus, the experience of becoming a mother for the first time can overwhelm both emotionally and physically.
You are at a higher risk of having a child with a low birth weight when you continue to have unhealthy habits such as smoking, poor nutrition and unprotected sex with different partners, which may lead to sexually transmitted diseases.
While the physical factors of pregnancy are generally favorable for the age of 20 – which does not necessarily mean that it is the decade to have a child – it is more important how you feel and what you want: a career or a life fulfilled by family. You may not have had enough time to fulfill your wishes and plans, such as those related to your professional career, or have not spent enough time with your partner.
What you lack from your life experience, however, can be compensated with the enthusiasm to become a mom. A 20-year-old woman does not spend so much time thinking about pregnancy, specialists say. She may be more optimistic and less anxious to think of having a child, attending classes and becoming a mother. In addition, only a few years can make the difference in emotional training.