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5 Differences Having a Baby at 40 vs. at 20

>> Aug 3, 2017


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We all know that there isn’t a perfect age for pregnancy anymore, is there? But we all agree that, biologically, it’s better to have a child at a younger age. So what I have done here is listed five differences having a baby at 40 vs. at 20.

The number of women conceiving in their 40s is increasing every year. Professional and personal stability are the two favorite reasons behind such a trend. And there’s no harm in having a baby in your 40s provided you’re a healthy person with healthy habits.

So let’s find out the five most common factors involved in creating that biological difference between your 20s and 40s.

5 Differences Having a Baby at 40 vs. at 20

#1 Chances of conceiving
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What brand of baby nighttime diapers should I buy? Or what are the best milk storage bags? When you’re in your 20s and even early 30s, these are the questions that you worry about when you want to conceive. But that’s not the case in your 40s. Instead, the only thing on your mind is whether you’ll be able to get pregnant or not.

As you get older, your chances of reproducing reduce. When you reach your late 30s, you have a 20% chance of getting pregnant. Each menstrual cycle provides you with six days to become pregnant. I like to call it the fertile window.

In your late 30s, this fertile window works only half as efficiently as it does in the 20s. So you can imagine how fertile it would be once you reach your 40s.

#2 Risks of miscarriage
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Miscarriages are quite common. Even a 25-year-old woman can suffer from many miscarriages. And the chances get amplified once you hit the 40 mark.

In fact, a 45-year-old woman has a 60% chance of experiencing a miscarriage as opposed to 28% at the age of 40. In only five years, the number seems to double up, doesn’t it? So what does this tell you? It means that older women have more chromosomal abnormalities than their younger lot.

As we get older, our ovaries age too. So by the time you turn 37-38, the rate of your antral follicle count reduces. It also increases the chances of egg loss. And you don’t need to be a medical expert to break this down.

It just means that you might be one of the five women that suffer from a miscarriage. With such a compelling case, most women don’t need to know as many as five differences having a baby at 40 vs. at 20.

#3 Lifestyle

Heavy alcohol and drug use along with smoking play a significant role when it comes to pregnancy. A woman’s fertility and smoking have a direct connection. Carcinogens present in cigarettes damage ovarian follicles. Smoking women hit menopause comparatively earlier than the ones without such a dangerous habit.

If you’re a smoker in your 20s, the chances are that you might remain childless even after trying to get pregnant for five years. So you can imagine how much harder it must be for you to conceive, as a smoker or heavy drinker, at the age of 40.

#4 Raising the kid
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Let’s assume that you had your first baby when you were 25 years old while the second one came in at the age of 30. So by the time you turn 45, one kid will be 20 and other 15. But if you choose to have a baby at the age of 45, by the time he or she turns 20, you’ll be 65.

Now I’m not saying that being 65 means the end of life. What I’m trying to tell you is that you will be 70 years old when your kid goes off to college. This might not be a big deal, both mentally and physically, for some parents. But for most, it does seem not only inconvenient but also challenging.

#5 Financial stability

Being an older mom has its benefits too. We do get wiser with age, don’t we? So at the age of 40, you might be professionally and personally more stable to bring up a child. This means that your kid will see more of you and your stable side.

You need to be financially fit if you want to have a child. Because things like a college education or buying a new car don’t come easy.

In your 30s, you might not have this kind of money. But more often than not, this is not the case when you’re 50 or 60 years old. So being an older mom means giving your kid a better life as a loving parent and financial provider.

These are the significant five differences having a baby at 40 vs. at 20. Time for wrap up!

That’s About It Folks!

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t get pregnant in your 20s. Career and a stable relationship with your better half are the two most common ones. So whatever you decide to do, weigh out all your options before getting pregnant.

And not being able to conceive at the age of 40 is not good news for women who are ready to become mothers. But just remember that adoption is a part of the process too.

So did you go through all the five points discussed in the article? And did you find the content useful?

Please let me know if you have anything to add here. Don’t forget to drop your thoughts as well in the comments section.

Thank you for visiting my blog. See you again soon!

About the author:
MomTrusted Choice is the creation of Barbara Davis. She is a passionate blogger who writes about her experiences as a mother. Her articles consist of everything related to pregnancy and motherhood. This includes best product recommendations, insightful parenting tips, and much more. And when she’s not being a wise mom, she spends her time cooking and sharing interesting recipes to make life more delicious.

  1.  http://www.littlescallys.com/2013/12/the-differences-between-having-children-in-your-20s-and-40s/
  2.  https://expectingscience.com/2015/02/27/7-things-to-know-about-fertility-in-your-late-30s/
  3.  http://health.howstuffworks.com/pregnancy-and-parenting/pregnancy/issues/pregnancy-at-different-ages-20s-30s-and-40s.htm

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