Is it the age to make a baby? Can early pregnancy or late pregnancy be considered? This is the issue that plagues many women. While all studies agree that it is between the ages of 25 and 30 that pregnancy occurs best, others reveal that having a child at an advanced age would be a sign of longevity. How do we make the difference?
The risks of late pregnancy
Age can have a real impact on the health of the pregnant woman and the baby. At 40, young people may feel young in spirit and body, but the ovaries are less youthful. The decline in fertility is a reality which takes some women short, from the age of 35 years. Although having a child beyond 40 years of age has returned to normal, those who choose to fall for the first time pregnant at a late age are more likely to have complications during pregnancy, Or even give birth to a premature child or miscarriage compared to those who are between 25 and 29 years of age.
This is the postulate of a Norwegian and Swedish study of one million pregnant women in both countries. Indeed, beyond the age of 35, the risk of miscarriage is increased, especially during the first trimester, a traveling accident attributed to the degradation of oocytes and chromosomal abnormalities.
It also appears that mothers over 35 years of age are twice as likely to develop high blood pressure because of arteries that lose their suppleness or hypotensive treatment.
Occasionally, pregnant women develop gestational diabetes that occurs suddenly due to hormonal changes, usually after the 26th week of amenorrhea. In addition, the recurrence of trisomy 21 is greater (1 case in 1500 births), the more the age of the mother is advanced, it is attributed to the aging of the oocytes. The risk of phlebitis is there. Women at this age are more prone to circulatory problems, including the sensation of heavy legs, the appearance of varicose veins or hemorrhoids.
In addition, because the cervix dilates less well, a caesarean is immediately considered in women over 45 years, more exposed to complications. After a delivery, the perineum becomes weakened and the muscles distend, without omitting the risk of bleeding. Neonatal mortality and the birth of very poor babies weighing less than 2.5 kg are very common in women of this age group.
As unbelievable as it may seem, an American researcher is nodding at the general opinion that the best age for childbearing is around 20 years old. It shows that the more women push back maternity beyond their forties, the less they have health problems and the more they live. The researchers studied the influence of genetics on a sample of 311 women who lived up to 95 years, compared to 151 younger dead women.
The findings are astounding: those who became pregnant after 33 years were twice as likely to live beyond 95 years as those who had their last child before 29 years. The reason ? The more mothers advance in their age, the more affectively they are stable and the means to take care of their own health and that of their baby. A study that has not yet proved its worth and that should not be taken literally.
What about the best age to get pregnant?
The chances of procreation are 90% around the age of 23 years. The ideal age rises to 27 for women wishing to have two children and 32 for a single child. Those who aspire to have only one child using IVF may become pregnant until they reach 42 years of age. To have two children, it is better to reach a maximum of 39 years.
For three children, the age limit is 35 years. Doctors estimate that under optimum conditions and from a biological point of view, the ideal age to have a first child is between 20 and 29 years due to the physiological effects of aging on the placenta and uterus.