Pregnancy Facts: Interesting Things About Conceiving
Many couples today put off conceiving until they are established in their careers, have their own homes, and feel financially and emotionally ready to take on the responsibilities of rearing a child.
While this is a wise decision, the one thing most couples overlook is the fact that getting pregnant may not be as easy as it seems. While some couples seem to be able to conceive within a month or two of trying, others may have a difficult time getting pregnant, and still, others may find getting pregnant impossible.
If you are planning on becoming pregnant in the future, here are some pregnancy facts that you need to be aware of.
The 20s is the best age to get pregnant
The mid-20s is the most fertile time for both men and women. Women are the most fertile in the early to mid-20s. As a woman ages, her eggs age along with her. This eventually causes deterioration of the eggs quality and likelihood of being properly fertilized.
During your mid-20s you have a 20%-25% chance of conceiving during each reproduction cycle.
These odds are fantastic for anyone who wants to conceive quickly in their 20s.
There are other great benefits to getting pregnant in your 20s. People in their 20s are able to get up early and stay up late without much consequence or toll on their bodies.
Because of their youthful energy, they are easily able to get up to tend to the baby’s needs more so than someone in their 30s or 40s. That isn’t to say it can’t be done by women later in life, but it’s certainly easier.
There are some downsides to getting pregnant in your 20s. Many couples put off getting pregnant because they’re still working on their careers.
Several young people get Master’s degrees or extra schooling to advance in the workplace. These lifestyle choices can affect when a couple will want to have their child. Make sure you’re at the right point in your life to try for a baby.
The 30s is still a great time to get pregnant
Women in their 30s have a 15% chance of conceiving during each reproduction cycle. Although this is slightly lower than when a woman is in their 20s, they can still conceive and have the baby they’ve always wanted.
When a woman reaches 30, often times she’s in a great place in her career. She and her partner have been working near a decade advancing in their careers. By this point, they are financially and emotionally ready to begin a family.
Although it might be scary thinking about how your schedules will change and how you’ll make time for a 3rd member of the family, the joy that comes with pregnancy will outweigh those feelings. Once you have a baby, you’ll learn how to handle a healthy balance of time for the baby and time for you.
By age 30, the miscarriage rate slightly increases. The odds of having a baby with disabilities also increases as you age through your 30s. Although there are negative effects as you age, this doesn’t mean you should rush into anything now.
You may feel the need to rework your life so you can have a baby sooner rather than later. It’s important to discuss with your partner to see when it’s realistic to bring a new life into this world!
It takes time to conceive
15% of couples who are trying to get pregnant do not conceive within the first year. However, about 95% of couples do manage to become pregnant within 2 years.
With chances of conceiving in a single month being so low, it’s not easy to get pregnant in a single month. There are a lot of factors when trying to get pregnant and even if you time it correctly, there’s still a large chance you won’t conceive.
Not to worry though. If you can’t get pregnant right away, it doesn’t mean that you or your partner has fertility problems. Factors like your age, health, and reproductive system can make chances of getting pregnant greater or smaller.
It’s best to understand the facts about how long it takes to get pregnant. Understand that it’s normal to not get pregnant right away. It’s recommended that you try for a full year before seeking any help.
Trying for a second pregnancy can be tough
It comes as a surprise to many couples that the second time around can be more difficult to conceive. Once you have a baby, you may have an idea of the perfect timeframe in which to space your children. You might be in for a surprise when you get back to trying to conceive.
5-6% of couples have already conceived one child and then have difficulty conceiving a second child. This is called secondary infertility. Because it’s not as well-known, many people assume that if you gave birth to one baby, you can easily get pregnant with another.
Well-meaning close family or friends might ask you why you haven’t had another child yet and this can take a toll on you emotionally. It’s hard for people to grasp that there might be more wrong than just ‘not trying’ enough. It’s easy to let stress build up since you have a first pregnancy to compare this situation with.
The most important thing to realize is that you cannot compare this second attempt at having a child with your first successful attempt. It’s likely been a few years since your first pregnancy. Factors like age, development of eggs, and health issues may be impacting you or your partner. If you aren’t able to conceive within 6 months, it’s a great idea to visit your doctor and find out what you can do to remedy this issue.
Infertility is not just for women
Infertility can be related to problems with the female, male or both. A couple is considered be infertile or have fertility problems if the woman is over 35 and has not conceived within 6 months of having unprotected sex. Or if she is under 35 and has not become pregnant within a year.
It’s easy to assume that the woman has an issue that needs to be resolved. But actually, there is a whole side of infertility that many people forget about. Male factor infertility is something that is often overlooked.
About 20% of infertile couples have issues with male fertility. It’s not as uncommon as you think, although it’s often not discussed. In about 50% of the cases, doctors are able to determine why a man is infertile. In many cases, there are remedies that can assist him in regaining the fertility he needs to help his partner conceive.
People try to get pregnant in all different walks of life. Some younger, others older. Some are first timers and others have conceived successfully in the past. Hopefully these facts enlighten you on your own journey towards pregnancy!