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Having a baby after 30 - The risks of late children and how to handle them

Updated on August 29, 2011

Delayed Pregnancies

Planning to have a baby is one of the most important decisions of your life. Unfortunately these days that is a decision which keeps getting postponed ever so often that eventually you realize that you are 30 and now the time is running out.

It is true that the risks of having a baby after 30 tend to multiply, but it is also true that the vast majority of working women all over the globe today are having their first babies in their mid thirties. This means is you are planning for a baby after 30 you are not alone.

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What are the risks of having a baby after 30

There are some risks associated with having a baby after 30 and these are listed here.

1. Quality of Eggs

The average woman starts producing eggs at the age of 12 and finishes by the age of 45. That means that the most fertile and high quality eggs are produced in the age group of 20 to 30. So the quality of the eggs begins to deteriorate if you have a baby after 30.

Deal with it solution

A lot of women who postpone having a baby till after 30 tend to freeze their eggs to try IVF later in life when they are ready for a baby.

2. Down's Syndrome

Your chances of having a baby with Down's syndrome is 1 in 1000 at the age of 30. However the same risks increase to 1 in 400 if you are planning to have a baby at age 35. So the lesson is simple, have the baby as soon as possible.

Deal with it solution

Genetic tests have made it possible to detect the presence of faulty genes which may give the baby Down's syndrome, so you may have a MTP if your fetus tests positive for the disease.

3. Infertility issues

The number of eggs in the woman and the sperm in the men tends to decrease after age 30. This means that getting pregnant can become more difficult naturally as you grow older. Infertility can become a problem. If you have been trying to conceive for more than a year and not been able to, you may want to see a doctor.

Deal with it solution

There are a number of infertility treatments available nowadays. IVF or In Vitro Fertilization being the most intrusive and expensive. The solution is usually provided on basis of case history and people must get professional help

4. Miscarriages

For an average woman below 30 the risk of having a miscarriage in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy is between 12% to 15%. For a woman over 35 years of age the same risk increases to 20%.

Deal with it solution

Be very careful if you conceive after 30 and make sure that you do everything that your doctor asks you to. At the first sign of pain or spotting run to the hospital. Remember better safe than sorry.

5. Increased risks of placenta previa

This is the main cause of painless bleeding in the third semester. The average risk of developing this condition during pregnancy is 1 in 200. The hemorrhage can be life threatening to the mother.

Deal with it solution

Go to the doctor to at once. It is vital to stop the bleeding. A cesarean delivery may be necessary in such a state.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I have a dear friend who didn't have her first child until she was 37 and that child was perfect. My own mother didn't have me until she was 38, and I was perfect too! ;) Meaning health, 'normal' (whatever that is), etc.

      Before birth control it was common for women to have babies right up until they couldn't anymore, but now that we have birth control suddenly women over 30 and their babies are at risk. Personally, I think environmental factors play a bigger part in problem pregnancies than age.

      This article is definitely food for thought.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Don't hunt for problems where there are none! Relax and enjoy the process.

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      sid052 5 years ago

      i am 26year old guy and my Girl friend is 28. we will be marrying in couple of years. do you think that there will be any complications as my frnd is not that healthy (she is under weight, have migraine problem, also she is not fat)

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Its the woman's age that has bearing on the pregnancy not the man's age.

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      Param 5 years ago

      i am 33yrs old boy, my wife age 26 , going to marrie next month, i am planning to take baby next year onward , is any risky , since i am 33yr old .... suggestion

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      @lil miss LOL please don't do that, you have plenty of time left

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      Lil miss 5 years ago

      Alright im 15 and I dont want no tard baby so im gonna get pregnant now I know this boy whos had sex with 2 girls already so Im gonna go see if he will sleep with me I will just poke holes in the condom!!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Hope you conceive soon. All the best.

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      Gulshan Khan 5 years ago

      Hi I have a baby girl I delivered at the age of 33 it is very messy I agree I should have had kids earlier my menstural cycle is absolutely normal however now that I am trying for 2nd baby and I am not able to conceive. It's always better before the age of 30.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      No health issue is created if you don't have a baby in the first year after marriage. If one exists it is already there. in any case some people prefer to wait a year or two before having a baby so as to get used to each other first.

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      Mrs.HASEEB 5 years ago

      I got maried a Year before but stil not pregnant there is no health issue & I heard that if We dont have baby in first year it can create health effects is it true ? I am 28 years old.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I'm afraid I am not a doctor and so not qualified to give you a medical opinion, but I do think that having another child less than a year after having being pregnant can not possibly healthy for the mother to be.

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      dan1322 5 years ago

      good evening madam. My wife got scissoring for my 1st child. Now she is pregnant again. Is there any harm or danger if she is giving birth before one year after scissoring. Please advice. Thank you

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Kristina, I hope you have someone with you as you will need some help after the delivery.

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      crazyflirtparker2 5 years ago

      im 15 im three months pregnant with a girl so what will i have to do when i give birth to my baby girl?

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      All the best! May you have an easy pregnancy and healthy child.

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      zane2482 5 years ago

      Very inspiring. I am 41 and dterined to have another. I am under no "dilusions as to the risk and difficulty getting pregnant. I have 6 children (all girls) and my youngest is 10. They are very excited at the prospect of another addition. I have NEVER had any problems getting pregnant, lol. We will see. Hope everything goes well, keep me in your prayers as we embark on this journey once again.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Kelleyward it is difficult running around after the kids when they hit the two year mark and I just can't imagine doing it now in my mid 30s.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Cashmere. I had all my children at 30 plus. They are all very healthy! I think the most difficult part of me having kids after 30 was my energy level. I'm a highly energetic person but pregnancy wore me out! Thanks again for the info. There are slightly higher risk as women age but everything worth doing in life comes with risk.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      All the best to you Mayee. Hope you are blessed with a healthy baby this year!

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      Mayee 5 years ago

      Thanks for reply Cashmere. I hope everything goes good,going to see doctor this month ,to start treatment.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Hello Mayee, The only thing I'll say to you is don't get stressed, get a good doctor, and then trust his treatment.

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      mayee 5 years ago

      HI im 35 i have 8 year old boy, that was when i was 27 .

      Me and my husband are trying for 2nd one.past summer i took iui for 3 months and it dint work out i got so stressed out (i know 3 months was not that long compare to other people who have been trying or tried for months or years and succed)so my doctor recommended for ivf or injectables.we wanted to take a short break and go for it . Im very tensed about the treatment and if any complications.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Sabina

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      sabinaBD 5 years ago

      a very very important & helpful article. Thanks...cashmere!!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I agree that there are plenty of people who have healthy babies after 30, but all I am pointing out is the risks that increase.

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      Nicole Smith 5 years ago

      I agree with Wallaboosmom. You are scaring couples with all kinds of negetives!! There are planty of HEALTHY babies born to couples after 30!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Ipanfil, very true, there are always two sides to the coin.

      Wallaboosmom, you are obviously in good health and so have not had any issues delivering babies so late in life. This is not always true for all women. As for the accuracy of my article, these are all valid complications and concerns that any medical doctor will whet you for if you have a first baby after 30. It is also an established medical fact that the eggs of a woman will deteriorate over time while the sperm of the man does not. Please refer to studies done by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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      Wallaboosmom 5 years ago

      This is not an accurate article. I had my two at ages 33 and 35 and both boys and VERY healthy. My half sister got pregnant as a surprise at age 41 she has two boys at home and her baby was born VERY healthy. I think the idea of having a baby at age 15 is ludicrous and also at age 20 I think is too young. There is nothing wrong with having a baby after age 35. My sister had a baby girl at age 39 VERY healthy as well. The comment of not eggs after age 45 is not correct. I have follicles that have been seen by my RE. I am 46 and in good health and we are trying for our third child and I am not in menopause. Yes, it is more difficult in 40's but can be done naturally and not have to resort to IVF and there are still some good eggs there and it only takes one good egg. You are unneccessarily scaring couples that are in their 30's that haven't had a baby yet. The risks aren't that great in your 30's. I don't know where you get your information.

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      lpanfil 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I’m so glad you didn’t just focus only on the scary side of the equation. I had my daughter when I was 34. And while you have to face the possible consequences there are things you can do to have a healthy pregnancy.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      All the best! Hope you have a healthy bonny baby

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      CJSJ 5 years ago

      Thanks Cashmere for your comment, much apprecited. We have decided on another. So I'll be off for a check up to make sure everything is in order :-)

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      You are lucky to have one of each! Giving birth after 30 is more difficult and certainly more dangerous if it is your first. In your case it being the third will be easier as long as you are in good health. Good luck with making your decision.

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      CJSJ 5 years ago

      Hi all

      Was currently thinking about having a 3rd baby and came across this web page. I had my 1st at 26 and my 2nd at 28 both entirely different birthing experiences! I'm now 31 and realise time is running out for me so I have to make a decision soon if I want anymore. I used to dream of having 2 of each. Everyone tells me I'm lucky to have 1 of each. My hubby is worried about any problems with me or the baby and so he doesn't think he wants anymore as we already have 2 perfectly healthy kids. Just looking for a little support and input thats all. Thanks guys :-)

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I wrote this about a year and half ago, but I don't think it outdates the information on the hub.Most of it is as relevant today as it was a year and half ago.

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      kkk 5 years ago

      hi when is this artilce written ? Is it recent

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      philipandrews188 6 years ago

      Thanks for more information.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Great and very informative article.I agree with you on the things you listed in here,you are right and am so pleased that you actually shared this article here in hub pages,thanks bravo.

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      ggenda 6 years ago from USA

      Wow, I had been under the impression that 35 was when things began to change. I didn't realize turning 30 was significant for a woman during her childbearing years. I had 3 kids before 30 (just turned 30 a week ago) and am thankful we started a family in our 20's. Your hub just confirms that!

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      saket71 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Well written, Cashmere. The problem is that when things are easier we spend time in what we call "preparing" for parenthood, and it becomes such engulfing thing that we wake up only when time is slipping by.

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      Clare 6 years ago

      Quality hub- it is always better to have right things on the right time. things change according to change in time. health does not remain the same all time so it better to have a child on the right age of your life.

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      heather 6 years ago

      didn't try to not get pregnant for 13 years finally conceived at 32 sometimes the choice isn't yours its nature

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      jtrader 6 years ago

      Pregnancy carries risk at any age. It's good to be as informed as possible. Take care of yourself and prepare your body as well as you can.

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      DebtFreedom 6 years ago

      thanks for the hub! good things for women and their husbands to know.

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      SUSIE405 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      I had my first baby at 35 and do not feel like I was too old, that's just the way it worked out.

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      Evsukov 6 years ago

      Great Hub, thanks you

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      Journalistmommy 6 years ago

      This hub scared me. I'll be 30 next week and I'm still not married. I feel like I'll never find a husband, and if I do, our babies will come out with three arms or something.

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      moons 6 years ago

      This is a helpful tips for us future moms. thanks you

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      EverydayKathy 6 years ago

      Great information in your hub but I had to laugh at the title as I had my first and only child at age 43 (two weeks prior to turning 44) and we got pregnant on the first try.

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      Tina Dubinsky 6 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Healthy Babies are important so is a healthy mum and dad and a living environment which can support a happy family! I had my first child naturally conceived at the young age of 38. I had one miscarriage at 8 weeks before I conceived and was advised that there was a 1 in 3 chance of that happening because of a long time spent taking contraceptive pills. My child is very healthy (no sick days since April) and at 2 yrs 11 mths is already going into Junior Kindy! She is so well mannered, can speak 8 word articulate sentences and can count to ten. But most importantly she is loved and she is constantly reminded of the love her entire family and extended family have to share with her. I think providing a safe and loving environment is one of the most important considerations.

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      muriahgorde 6 years ago from New York

      I agree with all points of this excellent hub! Nothing can be more important than the health of our babies!

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      Runway 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks for this great information! these days, so many women are having babies after 30 that this is really useful for everyone.

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      SJKSJK 6 years ago from delray beach, florida

      Good hub. I love babies and think everyone should have at least one, no matter how they have them.

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      Str8up Hookups 6 years ago

      Great hub.

      Yes, supplements are very important especially pre-natal and calcium and vitamin D.

      Carrying a child really drains bone and teeth,which already are in a mature state.I never had a problem with my teeth until after my son's birth.

      Still wouldn't change it for the world,but you need the added vitamins and minerals to help baby's development and to maintain a healthy body.

      Hub up,Thanx for sharing.

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      netscamreview 6 years ago from Santa Monica

      Yes! very nice hub. thanks a lot.

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       6 years ago

      thnaks for the info

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      SpaceAge 6 years ago

      Very educational. Keeping birth-defective babies isn't 4 every1. Personally, its not 4 me. Adoption's an option. I'd been around situations where parents/guardians often become frustrated when keeping downs ppl. I saw this lady who kept 3 of them, actually abuse them. NO, I'd never stoop that low.... However, I was able 2 turn her in, & the girls were removed from the home. Due 2 my courage ad an abuse survivor, I was blessed 2 become friends w/ the police leutenant. He was proud of me 4 stepping up & speaking out.

      Furthermore, I must mention that from my own observances, I noticed just how much more expensive they r 2 keep. I've watched the movie titled, MASK about the kid w/ Lion's Disease. It was based on a true story. Different ppl often tend 2 get negative attn from society. That's y there should b an overseer who regularly checks on these ppl, & c.osely monitors them. No, they shouldn't b left totally alone since they can endanger themselves. The downs do indeed have minds like children, & they should b closely monitored.

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      quuenieproac 6 years ago from Malaysia

      I had my first baby when I was 25, 2nd at age 32 and 3rd at 35. I was diagnosed with breast cancer immediately after giving birth and was told my cancer was hormone induced due to late pregnancy and stress. Late pregnancy has its dangers. But what mothers will go through just to have babies! You can read about it: https://hubpages.com/health/How-I-Battled-Breast-C...

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      That is a very pertinent point Tirzah Laughs. You must want the baby no matter what the age!

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      Tirzah Laughs 6 years ago from USA

      I was born when my mother was 41. I was not a 'wanted' baby but rather a lapse in birth control. Don't go the other way and get lax with your birth control in your 40's, natural pregnancy is still very possible.

      The risks are slightly higher in your mid to late 30's. Usually the difficulty lies in getting pregnant or maintaining a pregnancy.

      But I still believe its better to wait and have a baby you want and looking forward to rather than having a baby because you think you should or it's time.

      Not much is worse than being an inconvenient child.

      Don't rush in to motherhood. I truly believe that its better to miss your chance at being a mother than to have a child you aren't ready for or aren't sure you want.

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      thebellrecordsche 6 years ago

      I do plan on having a baby at 30 or later. I would like to buy a house first. Great info, Cashmere!

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      Treedev 6 years ago

      good info,thanks a lot.

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      milenaamr 6 years ago

      Nice hub. Very informative and on a great topic. Now a days woman tent to go trough pregnancy after 30. Thanks.

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      lllll 6 years ago

      1st child -26

      2nd child-28

      3rd child-32 everybody is ok

      I am 33 now and sometimes thin about another baby

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      Merl 6 years ago

      yah girl

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Not all us lesser mortals have the support system available to a female celebrity :)

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      trafford 6 years ago from San Diego

      That was really helpful, but i want to know, most of the celebrities (females) got married after 35 and 40 and even they got child easily.

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      tinyteddy 6 years ago from INDIA

      medical awareness is diferent from creating phobias

      definitely this is a good article

      but in essence it means do not be too career oriented as fas as possible have babies before 30

      it does not mean do not have babies after 30

      there is an element of risk true but nature is very powerful.

      elderly primi --having the first baby after 28 may gave more risk

      once someone has had a baby before 28 then until they are fertile anytime they can have a baby without detoriating the health of the mother

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      mizboat 6 years ago

      I had my first baby at 36, and I did suffer high blood pressure towards the end of the pregnancy. However I really believe that it is the health of the mother not the age of the mother that determines the health and safety of the baby and the pregnancy. A fit, healthy and active 38 year old will probably have a better pregnancy that a young unfit, overweight woman that drinks, smokes and doesn't look after herself. If you doubt your health or ability to have a baby later in life, just have a general check up with your Doctor, they will tell you the truth.

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      Najia Almas 6 years ago

      very informative

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      Babypushchairs 7 years ago

      Great information. You sure put allot of effort into you Hub. I followed and bookmarked this Hub. I also voted it up and said it was useful. Thanks so much for sharing. If you get a chance come on over and check out my Hub.

      Bye

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      BagoRo 7 years ago

      Very Much Relevant Information But Child's Before 33 and After 20 Are Much Talented and Creative After 33 It Effect Child Health as well as Mother

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      As long as she's physically fit it okay. There's nothing wrong in having a baby after 30 just be careful.

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      Helen Cripps 7 years ago from Brighton and London

      Really interesting and reassuring Hub. My friend is 31 and desperate to settle down, but has not yet met the right person. I have printed so she can take a read !thanks Cashmere

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      RoseGardenAdvice 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Very useful info and well-written. Thanks.

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      breathe2travel 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      You give a lot of useful information. :)

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      Cuencalady 7 years ago

      Great hub. I was 31 when I had my first child and 34 when I had my second. For both pregnancies I remained very healthy. I was not able to give birth normally and had an emergency cesarean for both births as my pelvic structure was too narrow. Everyone was amazed out how I bounced back after the ops and about and walking in no time. Also I was lucky that my body returned to it's normal shape in no time. Although I was fit and healthy for both births I wonder if it also has something to do with genetics. My children are now young adults in their 20's and are both very intelligent.........of course Mum must have had something to do with it. :)

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      Chad 7 years ago

      Great hub. I didn't know the risks of getting pregnant in your mid-30s and my wife are at that age.

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      Medical Writer 7 years ago from Great Britain

      With the advent of good medical technologies its defiantly possible to have babies later in life.

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      fostintowers 7 years ago

      great article!

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      Chantwaun 7 years ago

      This is good advice. I got married at 31 we've been trying unsuccessfully for six months. I haven't given up hope though. Thanks Cashmere

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      Siew Cheng 7 years ago

      I think the Singapore government is more concerned about this problem than the people. Most people marry late. Those who marry in late 20s will not want to have kids immediately after marriage.

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      Keith Schroeder 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      My bide and I shared the same concerns when we had children. My bride was age 31 and 36 when our daughters graced our home. All went well. What a blessing they are. My girls are 15 and 10 now. I was worried until the delivery was finished. Then we were all smiles.

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      Richard Stephen 7 years ago

      My wife had all three of our kids after 32 years of age. We were very fortunate she nor the babies had any problems. The reasons women are having children later are many and varied but I think the medical risks have been more manageable as medicine has advanced. Great hub!

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      aimhigh3 7 years ago

      Wow. This amazing. I had my last one when I was 37, and my doctor told me I could have them for at least ten more years as long as I stay healthy. I'm so glad women are having children at an older age.

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      Art of legend india 7 years ago

      Very informative hub. nice

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      Carros Usados 7 years ago

      Great hub ;) thanks for sharing

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      ClemintineUndone 7 years ago

      I tend to agree with Galensmom-- I am 36 and pregnant with my third. My first came when I was 32 and the second when I was 34. However, I think to some degree, there are risks with every pregnancy and you always need to do your best to consult your doctor, and make as healthy choices as you are able. Granted, this pregnancy seems to be waaay harder than the other two, but there was certainly no problem with fertility for us-- in fact this is our surprise blizzard baby! And I think it is important to note that often, "higher risk" doesn't actually mean "high risk". The difference between 12-15% and 20% isn't particularly shocking, 1 in 400 is .25% , 1 in 200 is only .5% (that's right: they are both LESS THAN 1%!!)

      As far as I can see, know the risks, just keep things in perspective.

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      Galensmom 7 years ago from Kentucky

      This is good information, but it is based on what we have been told for years. The fact is, women are waiting longer to have children and this is not a risky proposition. I am 46 years old, and pregnant with my second child. My first is 25 years old. I became pregnant using herbs to heal high grade dysplacia which were known to my partner and I to make me highly fertile. It is not impossible nor is it risky any longer to have children later in life. As long as you follow advice from doctor or midwife, then I believe that a woman over the age of 40 can have a healthy and empowering pregnancy and birth resulting in healthy children. blessings to you..

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      online-education 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Great information.

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      Tiffany C. Hill 7 years ago from kareeniebeanie.com

      Thanks for this article.

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      darntoothysam 7 years ago from Burnsville, MN

      My wife had both our children after 30, thankfully they were both beautiful and 100% healthy. Our neighbor didn't start until 40, thankfully they were healthy too! We are 39 now, and I wouldn't want to risk her health or the babies health by having another now... not to mention that we are already pulling our graying hair out trying to deal with the two we have.

      Thomas

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      content 7 years ago

      I have a friend that is having twins at 44! These are her first children. She used a sperm donor and it took the 2nd time.

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      Runway 7 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the great information! I have lots of girlfriends that are past 33 so I will definitely share this with them.

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      kai777 7 years ago from Chicago

      Good information, I used to say if I do not have my second child by the age 35, I was not having another baby. I just turned 37 and had already decided I would not have anymore children before reading your article. I have a lot to consider if my wishes ever changed again. Very Good & Thanks!

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      Cassie Ann 7 years ago

      Enjoyed reading this hub very much. I have had four sons. The first born when I was 22 and the last when I was 32. My pregnancies and deliveries went fine but it was much harder to lose the weight with the last one. I am glad I had my babies at a younger age because I had the energy to raise them - and it takes a lot of energy!!

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      All the best Sarah Sherlock for a hassle free pregnancy when you get there!

      Henry Allen, you sure did! :)

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      henryallen 7 years ago from Houston, TX

      My mom had me when she was 32 and I turned out to be pretty awesome!

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      sarahsherlock 7 years ago

      A really informative hub which is very close to my heart. I can feel 30 knocking on the door very soon!

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Jill of all trades that is truly inspirational!

      Yes izetti, I agree with the bouncing back with sleep deprivation part totally!