Topic: Women’s Age and Conception
When is the best age for a woman to have all her babies?
Before, I start, I MUST pause to make some important statements.
1. There is a huge difference between what is ideal naturally and physiologically and what is obtainable in our modern day society.
2. There are so many factors involved in conception, these factors are called social determinants, and some can be helpful, while others can be harmful.
3. Every woman is wired differently, what might work for A, might be a colossal failure for B. Women are wired differently.
4. Biological expectations/ recommendations is not in tandem with modern day realities.
The late teens or early twenties are “best” biologically time to have all your babies, this is according to John Mirowsky, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin USA.
The reasons are as follows:
· Late teens or early twenties is the period, when “oocytes (eggs) are fresh and the body’s reproductive and other systems are at a youthful peak.
· Normally, women in their twenties are least likely to have developed chronic health problems that would put them or their babies at risk, and they have the lowest rates of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and infertility.
· However, according to this subject matter specialist, early pregnancy doesn’t work well in today’s society, which is organized around smaller families and more full-time employment for women.
· Normally, if pregnancy occurs too early, social difficulties often follow. At age 20 or younger.
· At late teen or early twenties, pregnancy is “more likely to happen out of wedlock, more likely to interfere with educational attainment, and more likely to crystallize a disadvantaged status.
· Whenever you are blessed with your partner, start, let that period be your morning time.
· Be sure to consult with your Family doctor, see your gynecologist
· If you are 35 years and above, please keep trying, if after 6 months, you are not successful, please ask your doctor to refer you to a fertility specialist.
· If you are below 35 years, please try for a period of one year, and if not successful please ask your doctor to refer you to a fertility specialist.
· In summary, from scientific and biological point of view, there are known long-term health issues when you have your babies late, most women in this category tend to have complications.
· So, while having a first baby at age 34 might be fine, it is generally recommended you have a last baby before age 35.
Dr. Chudi Godsons
References & Photo Credit
Adapted from Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? by Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig, Hudson Street Press, Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright © 2012 by Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig.