Between 30 and 40 years old:
Gaining maturity versus decreased fertility
Many women who reach the age of 30 may feel that they have made great professional and personal progress, which may make them feel more emotionally prepared for pregnancy.
For many women, the age of 30 means forming a family. Maybe you already have a wonderful job, along with your husband you bought and arranged a house, you spent wonderful holidays, but you wonder what you really did if one day you look back and you have no children.
The trap: as you gain life experience, your ovules continue to mature and will now show their age. The average age woman is born with half a million available eggs, but the most sensitive to the maturation process are released first, leaving you with slower specimens as you get older.
So even if you want to conceive a child at the beginning of the last decade, do not expect the same quick results now. You’ll probably try for another three to six months, even if you’re in good shape and have no medical problems that affect your fertility. Decrease in fertility is more pronounced after you reach the age of 35, as confirmed by all of the studies.
Once you get pregnant, you will discover that if you are fit and healthy, you can enjoy the energy usually associated with younger women. Your physical well-being during pregnancy depends more on who you are and not on your age. You must be aware that this is also the decade when chronic problems such as diabetes or hypertension that complicates pregnancy become apparent for the first time.
This is true if you’ve gained weight in recent years because obesity increases the risk of many medical problems. Even if you are in good shape, at the age of 35 you have an increased risk of pregnancy-related problems including gestational diabetes. In fact, the 35-year-old marks the “formal start for risk pregnancy”. Why this frightening limit? Because at 35, the probability of having a child with Down syndrome (a chromosomal problem in which the baby is born with an extra chromosome) is almost equal to the risk of abortion due to amniocentesis, a chromosome defect diagnosis test examines amniotic fluid. However, the risk (1 to 295) is rather small; is only slightly higher compared to the risk of a 25-year-old.
In addition, the risk of certain pregnancy-related problems, such as placenta previa, a situation where the placenta grows near the cervix and causes bleeding, increases with the number of previous pregnancies or cesareans, a more common condition among older women.