26.12.2013

Risks of becoming pregnant at 30

Having made the exciting decision to start your own family you are sure to be wondering how long it will take to get pregnant. You may find it encouraging knowing that the number of women over the age of 30 having babies has risen in recent decades (ONS 2010) . Most women will be able to conceive naturally and give birth to a healthy baby if they get pregnant at 35 years old. The average age at which women have in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment in the UK is rising. About half of the women who don't get pregnant in the first year conceive during the following year, giving a pregnancy rate of 92 per cent within two years.
Age aside, there are some steps you can take to give yourself the best possible chance of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy.


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By the age of 30, her odds are 13 per cent and, at 35, they have dropped below 10 per cent.The speeding up of the biological clock mean the chances of pregnancy plummet after 35. In future, it may be possible to create an online calculator that provides couples with a personalised pregnancy prediction‘As time goes by and people have been trying for a while, they start to get stressed and upset and that can affect their chances of having sex and then becoming pregnant.
If you've had unprotected sex and are wondering if you at risk of pregnancy, this tool from Planned Parenthood can help. For some women having a multiple pregnancy brings them their dream family in one pregnancy.


But if you are over 35, and finding that positive pregnancy test elusive, it is important to seek help sooner rather than later (NCCWCH 2013:6).
The average 40-year-old who has been trying for six months has just a 5 per cent chance of getting pregnant in the next month – or odds of one in 20.
As women grow older the likelihood of getting pregnant falls while the likelihood of infertility rises. This could prevent fertilisation altogether or increase the likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy (CKS 2007, NCCWCH 2013:129, Utting and Bewley 2011).



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