Getting Pregnant in Your 30’s
Getting Pregnant in Your 30’s
If you are considering having a baby sometime in your life, you probably want to know the best timing so that you can plan ahead of time. This article will go into the various factors that go into getting pregnant after the age of 30 and what you can do to increase your chances!
Your Chances of Pregnancy by Age
As many know, fertility decreases with age. While some couples in their 20s could be as infertile as others in their 40s, chances of pregnancy in any given month fall after age 30. Woman typically reach their peak fertility at age 24. After this, fertility gradually decreases and drops steeply after you reach 35. In early 20s, the chance of pregnancy after a year of continuous trying is 96%. From 25-34, the chance is 86%. By 35 years old, your chance drops to 78%. Menopause onsets mostly happen between 40-60 years old. Trying to get pregnant in your 30’s may be difficult, but understanding exactly why fertility decreases over time and what you can do about it can help you conceive faster!
Women are born with all the eggs they have. This means the number of eggs decreases as they get older. By the first period, the egg number has already reduced to 300,000 – 500,000. Of all these eggs, only 300-500 will ever reach full maturity to the point where they can be fertilized by sperm.
As women age, these eggs are also more likely to have chromosomal abnormalities. This means there are some small mistakes within their DNA. Because of this, there may be increased chances of chromosomally abnormal eggs that may have various implications when it comes to conceiving and producing health babies. This also means a higher risk of birth defects and miscarriage.
What to Do If You’re in Your 30’s and Trying to Get Pregnant?
Here are a list of things that you might want to pay attention to if you plan to get pregnant after 30:
- Do your homework. There is more than just getting rid of alcohol and getting off birth control. It is important to watch what you eat, engage in exercise, and an overall healthy lifestyle. Proper nutrition prepares your body a provides good foundation for what is to come. It even affects fetus growth and chances of getting certain diseases. Eating fresh and healthy food whenever possible is recommended as well as prenatal dietary supplements. Getting your partner involved in all these things can help you build morale and ensure that you stay motivated throughout your journey to conceiving!
- Keep a calm mindset. Trying-to-conceive (TTC) could be a long journey. Relax and keep a positive mindset. Lowered stress helps you to feel better and sometime increases the chance of conceiving. If it takes long, you are not alone. Talk to family and friends and seek for support group when needed. It could feel easier when you hear other women’s story and share yours. Join Mira’s Trying to Conceive Support Group on Facebook.
- Expect changes to happen both in your body and mental state. Pregnancy changes your body and it is totally normal for changes to happen. If you have been keeping an active exercise routine, there is usually no reason to stop since you are pregnant. Finding exercises that fit your stage of pregnancy is important. If you have not been exercising, starting a mild yoga or walking routine might be beneficial. The proper level of exercise helps to reduce stress and can contribute to a smoother pregnancy journey.
- Understand the risks. Getting pregnant after 30 could be associated with higher risks. It may take longer to conceive. There is higher risk of miscarriage, birth defect, and preterm birth. Discuss your physical conditions with the doctor if any. Monitor the conditions closely and find problem early. Mira is the only home use medical device to allow you to monitor female hormones at lab-graded accuracy at home. Simply pee on the Mira test wands to see your hormone patterns, fertile vs. non-fertile windows, and possible precursors of hormone imbalances. Identify the issues early and monitor hormones closely, so that you can adjust your care plan with your doctor accordingly.
- Seek your doctor’s help early. If you are 35 years old, or have been trying for >1 year, consult with a fertility treatment center or OB-GYN sooner than later. The chance of pregnancy declines even with fertility treatment when you pass the age of 35.
- Find the best timing. Once you have ovulated, the egg only lives up to 24 hours. Our eggs and sperm age with us as we get older. When trying to conceive, it is important to find the first few hours after ovulation to increase the chance of pregnancy when you pass 30. The Mira Fertility Analyzer and test wand system tracks ovulation up to hours interval which can be helpful when trying to find this small window. Mira not only tells you if you are fertile or not, but also how fertile you are and also adjusts to your personal cycle pattern based on this raw data so that you never miss your peak fertility.