Is it harder or more risky to TTC closer to 30?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
1335 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

My understanding is that your fertility and risk factors are largely unchanged until you hit 32, for most women.  After that there are some changes in risk factors, but they’re not anything crazy or to be concerned about.  When you get past age 36-37 is when concerns start to ramp up a bit.

Post # 3
915 posts
Busy bee

Early 30s should be perfectly fine with no fertility decline! 

Post # 4
521 posts
Busy bee

You should be fine. I have a few friends pregnant at 40! 🙂

Post # 5
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

32, currently pregnant with my first and plenty of friends my age or slightly older who have had babies recently. Some people say fertility declines at 35, others say more like 40 but 27 is… definitely not a problem..!

Post # 6
427 posts
Helper bee

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beeinwaiting1992 :  

You’re still so young.

The conventional wisdom is that fertility starts to seriously decline after age 35. 

Even then, plenty of women have their first children after 35. It’s becoming very common. 

Post # 7
9146 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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beeinwaiting1992 :  fertility declines differently for every woman, but my doctor says 35 is a safe average for when it starts to decline. I underwent IVF at 31 and apparently had the eggs of a 25 year old! If you’re super worried ask your obgyn if they can do some ovarian reserve testing to put your mind at ease.

I had my daughter when I was 32. Everyone said because of my age that labor and delivery would be harder, but honestly it was kind of a breeze. I mean….it hurt… but I did it without any drugs and I got her out with only 15 minutes of pushing. And she’s totally perfect. 

Have babies when it’s the right time – there are pros/cons to whatever age you become a parent. The kids in my friend group range from teenaged to 3 months and everything in between and it’s really awesome watching the differing ages interact with each other. 

Post # 8
1195 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’m 15 weeks pregnant with my first right now and I turned 30 earlier this month, so I sure hope it’s not riskier for the baby, haha! Like PPs have said, it’s really not until 35 that fertility (on average) starts to decline…and it’s not like your fallopian tubes seal themselves shut at midnight when you turn 35 either. Plenty of women have healthy babies into their late 30s and beyond. 

Having most of your peers having kids by 27 might be the norm where you’re from but it’s not in a lot of places. I could probably count on one hand the number of friends I have who have kids and are my age. So overall, take comfort in the fact that you’re not outside the norm in general. 

Post # 9
3294 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had my first at 32 and will be a few months shy of 35 when I finally have this baby (due today) 

I did have issues getting pregnant with #1 but not #2. 

In my mum groups from my first baby, I was one of the youngest! I know lots of women who have got pregnant easily and had low risk pregnancies well into their late 30s / early 40s

27 is really young – you’ve nothing to be overly worried about at this stage. 

Post # 10
1927 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

A fertility specialist as well as my gynaecologist told me that 36/37 is when they generally start to see a decline in fertility. Even then every women is different. None of my friends had babies before 29, most are mid 30s, one 38. All healthy. 

You can always go and get some testing done that could pick up any potential problems.

Post # 11
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Your fine. Fertility only really starts to decline at 35. I’m 30 and pregnant with my first child. It also only took us 2 cycles to conceive. Don’t worry!

Post # 12
9645 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

My understanding is that fertility doesn’t start to decline until mid-late 30s.

If you’re really concerned ask your doctor to measure your FSH and AMH levels, it’s a simple blood test and can give you peace of mind for now.


Post # 13
9758 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Honestly, sometimes dust just flies out of my lady garden some days on account of it being so old. To have our child I had to resort to using an old windex bottle to spray water up there. When that didn’t work, I used a special fertilizer. 

The PPs have you covered on more traditional advice. 

Post # 14
3649 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

We’re trying now (less than two weeks in) and I’ll be 37 this year and Dh will be 39. My doctor hasn’t expressed any concern regarding my age. The majority of people I graduated with who have kids all have kids under 3, so the vast majority have waited until their mid to late 30’s to have kids. I’m also in the northeast where people tend to get married and have kids later overall. 

You’ve got plenty of time to start a family. 

Post # 15
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - Santa Margarita Ranch

I just turned 32 in December and when I saw my OB/Gyn in November for a pre conception appointment, she remarked on how young I was compared to her other first time mom’s.

She said most of her first time mom’s are around 35-37. She said everything looked great and gave me the go ahead! Didn’t mention any extra concerns due to my age.

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