You did everything you were supposed to. You went to college, got a degree. You went to grad school, got another degree. You got a job. Or maybe just a kind-of-sort-of paying internship. And before you knew it you were pushing 30 and hadn’t even come close to meeting the love of your life. Your biological clock was tick, tick, ticking away and you started gobbling up every piece of info on when baby-making starts to become…umm, less possible. Well, you may have more time than you thought.
Come on, you’ve heard it all. Everyone says 35 is the age when your fertility takes a nose dive. So as you near that mid-30s mark you start panicking. Hold on just a moment. As it turns out, you may have more fertility time than you thought. Forty might be the new 35 in terms of getting preggo.
Okay, so by age 37-ish it does seem that getting (and staying) pregnant becomes more of a challenge. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, or even improbable. Looking at the stats from the CDC’s birth rates, younger women in their early 20s hit a record low in 2015. Likewise, the rates for mamas in their late 20s also declined. But the number of births for women in their 30s and early 40s rose.
While no one is saying that you should put off even thinking about having a baby until you’re fab and 40, that biological clock of yours just might have more time on it.
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