Great article about "baby panic"–don't worry!

posted 3 years ago in TTC
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m quite young, but this is absolutely fascinating.

 

I think it’s worth noting that back in 1670-1830, there was no birth control so women had lots of kids, and pregnancy and birth really takes a toll on your body even if you’re perfectly healthy.  A woman’s uterus can only take so many until it just gives up; for some women it’s only one, for others it’s like 30. I can only imagine how it must be without proper nutrition and facing the risk of awful disease… not to mention the very scant medical knowledge people had back then.  

 

I’m sure that at 35, already having 4-6 kids cut into the sexy times quite a bit as well, making them “less fertile”.  

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

It is a well documented, scientific fact that a woman is born with all of her eggs and that these eggs degrade in quality over time, increasing the rates of miscarriage, still birth, and live birth with birth defects.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_07.pdf

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy/PR00115

http://prepforbirth.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/ama-morb-and-mort.pdf

A study done in 2005 states that their findings were consistent with current research and that: “Other findings in our study are consistent with previ-ous studies. It is well established that advancing maternalage is associated with an increased risk for miscarriage and fetal chromosomal abnormalities. In patients aged 40 years and older, the higher incidence of antepartum complications such as miscarriage, gestational diabetes, placenta previa, and placental abruption have been documented in the literature.”

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@michiru4ever:  Yup. I think it’s a very damaging message/myth that women can wait wayyyyy longer than they used to with no consequences. Personally, I have a HUGE fear of waiting into my thirties, because there is both Autism and Down Syndrome in my family :/

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

The studies they cited showing impregnation rates of 35-40 versus late 20s and early 30s made me feel WAY better!  For logistical reasons, there is just no way we can start TTC until I’m 32-33 (almost 31 now), and we want 2 kids.  The Down’s stuff is scary but whaddya do.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It is encouraging to read articles like that 🙂 

 

I imagine there are quite a few of us approaching the big 3-0 (and beyond) that haven’t yet been in a position to have a child. A lot of things are out of someone’s control these days, including being with a man who feels not-yet-ready, getting finances in order (costs of having a home loan + living on 1 income is not that realistic especially where I’m from) … or maybe you’re just in your late 20s and don’t have a serious relationship yet! 

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