I Want A Baby, Is It Too Late?
While waiting to have a baby can provide financial stability and emotional and mental maturity for some, as we age, fertility can be affected by the changes transforming the human body. While many are aware of some of the fertility, and pregnancy, complications and difficulties accompanying aging women, the fertility of men can also be affected as they age. Though perceived risks can vary from person to person, waiting too late to conceive can result in a variety of stumbling blocks that can inhibit pregnancy or make it a risky decision.
Age and Fertility
The biggest obstacle that can prohibit pregnancies later in our lives or make conceiving more difficult and dangerous is the decrease in egg production and the production of less healthy eggs. Menstrual cycles and ovulation may also be less regular, making getting pregnant difficult. Ovulation and its regularity can be an important indicator of the ease of conceiving at an older age. Being familiar with our bodies and understanding the various cycles we progress through can be a helpful way women can uncover whether conceiving is a possibility as we grow older.
Desiring a baby at an older age can be a blessing, offering stability for a child and wisdom in the parents. Depending on the age of the parents, conceiving is a definite possibility. Despite the possibility of having a baby past the age of 35, parents must weigh some of the risks associated with giving birth and even becoming pregnant at an older age. Advances in technology give older women and parents hope that they can give birth to a healthy baby no matter the increasing risks accompanying our age. Birth defects are one important risk that we should all weigh prior to deciding whether or not to try for a baby at a later age. Hearing, reading and seeing the different experiences other women have with childbirth and conceiving does not necessarily reflect how we ourselves will experience the phenomenon at an older age.
Success and Disappointment
Many women over the age of 35, even into their forties, experience perfectly normal pregnancies and births of children, highlighting the possibilities and miracles associated with improving technology. But in the midst of success stories and women who have had no problem conceiving and birthing healthy babies, there are women who struggle with their fertility or that of their partners and who experience some of the birth defects or difficult pregnancies that can accompany older parents, especially mothers.
The struggles that can come with conceiving, or trying to conceive, at an older age, can often leave women feeling inadequate or wondering what health problems may be plaguing them. But, in fact, perfectly healthy women, no matter the age, have a harder time than others getting pregnant and enduring a pregnancy in general. The fact of the matter is, different women will have different issues when it comes to our fertility. What works for one woman may not work for me. And what is true for some may not be true for others. Understanding the risks and difficulties associated with pregnancy in older parents can be a powerful tool for parents. But while staying informed is vital, relying only on the stories of others to make an informed decision about what is right for you can be a detrimental mistake that can prevent us from achieving what we really truly desire.