Dear women after 35, you are not alone in waiting for a baby. Every state has seen a rise in women having their first child after the age of 35. Turns out the dire stats of your decreasing fertility may be based on false assumptions. Jean M. Twenge, author of “The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant” and a researcher at San Diego University, wondered if the fear was outdated, and did some personal reading. She found that around 86 percent of people between 27 and 34 years old conceive in the first year, and 82 percent of people between 35 and 39 years old conceive in the first year, if they have physical contact at least twice a week. This is not a massive decline (and by the way, men have a decline with age, too). There may even be a benefit to waiting.
Women who are able to have children later in life without drugs or infertility treatments have genes that make it likely that they will live longer than women who had their last child before 30. Researchers believe that the same genes that allow a woman to bear a child at a later age may play an important role in slowing down the rate of aging. How women reproduce can have as much to do with their lifestyle as their age. Many of them pay more attention to their health as they get older, swapping weekend benders for early bedtimes.
Dr. Rebecca Starck, chair of the Department of Regional Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic, says if a woman prepares herself with the right foods and exercise, “A healthy 40 year old can have a much less risky pregnancy than a healthy 28 year old.” Of course, there are risks that need to be considered for the stallers. The risks of having a child with a genetic disorder rises after 40, because of the increased likelihood of chromosomes becoming displaced in older eggs. “It’s not an absolute risk, it’s a relative risk,” said Starck.
Thirty-five years of age and older is still considered “high risk” but Prudence Hall, M.D., OB-GYN and founder of the Hall Center in Santa Monica, California, points out that we have gotten healthier as a population since the term was coined 30 years ago.
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith
Source: www.empowher.com (Original Post here)