Pregnancy is among the most-awaited and exciting stages of a couple's life. If we look from an elderly individual's eyes, they can highlight the significant differences in the family planning of today's generation and the previous generations. Apart from that, there are various changes in the maturation of individuals across different generations. Often fertility and age show an inverse relationship, but there are more aspects too. Getting pregnant throughout any age always has its cons and pros. The 30's is the age bracket in which according to Indian family styles, partners have already evolved and matured as a couple, ready with plans for future, and also their fertility clock starts ticking.
As per the Fertility Experts, fertility is a bit of a complex issue to grasp. Its multiple aspects include age, family history, medical history, STD's, frequency & timing of coitus, dietary & lifestyle habits, and more. Fertility varies as per gender; for males, it has a widened age bracket with their role until conception, while for females, it has a relatively shorter age bracket, and their role extends throughout pregnancy. With this, women also need to manage their careers and maternity leaves. India is proudly witnessing the rise of female employees in its workforce, and this is also the reason couples are planning pregnancy after 30. Here is the detail of pregnancy after 30 risks and benefits.
Benefits Of Getting Pregnant During 30’s
As we mentioned, more women are entering the workforce today, and there's a rising number of working couples. So this is a primary reason for a couple to delay their pregnancy till their 30's. Every couple understands that deciding to have a child is taking responsibility for a new life. This decision involves the financial planning of the child's life as well. From the moment a female naturally conceived and is termed pregnant, she has various tests, medicines, and procedures to undergo throughout nine months. By the 30's, couples have time to save for pregnancy, childbirth, and the child's initial years.
By the time individuals reach their 30's, as per Indian marriage culture, they would have already spent three or more years of togetherness. Throughout this period, a healthy, stable, and smooth will be formed between the couple. The current generation believes in understanding their partners and getting their lifestyles aligned before jumping to the new stage of their married life, being parents. If, by any chance, a couple who still isn't aware or has an understanding of their partner's emotions, preferences, opinions, and more can imagine how stressful life can become with a baby to take care of.
Individual Character Development
Indeed the age can't define maturity. But it is rational to believe that during the 30's often an individual has gone through the required experiences in their life to be fully aware of themselves, to understand their partner and children's views, and overall family welfare. Till the 30's, it is expected and suggested that individuals and couples have traveled enough, establish a work-life balance, maintain healthy well-being, and be settled in a career and overall life. This also means being calmer and wiser enough to provide support and principles for your child.
Having a support group
When a couple has a baby in an early stage, there are high chances that apart from their parents, they might only know a few couples with children. When they reach their 30's, their almost senior colleagues and friends have become parents. Now, why shall this matter? Truthfully apart from the awkwardness of running to your parents for everything regarding children and ensuring the maintained social life, this point doesn't stand out much. There are many changes you have to go through when you become parents. If your social circle also has couples with children, it helps you understand, accept, and adapt to the changes. Also, there are specific generational parental approach differences between our parents and us. This is maintained when our peer group also shares the same beliefs.
Decreases The Aging Process
This point is mainly helpful for females. During pregnancy, a female's body releases several different types of hormones. Having a baby after 30 contributes to the aging process of the women too. Indeed, it can be controlled by several activities and medications, but it is easier said than done. For females in the modeling or such industries, this aspect plays a significant role in their decision to delay their pregnancy.
Risks Pertaining To Pregnancy During 30’s
In current times, the age when a girl experiences her first menstrual has shifted, as now girls are experiencing early menstrual. This also means that adult females will experience early menopause. This is the reason why many women have started experiencing irregular menstrual in the late thirties. From the start of the 30's, the ovulation gets a bit unusual, resulting in a reduction of availability and quality of eggs.
People develop many unhealthy lifestyles, as per research, these habits, when cultivated in young years, slowly result in internal issues after a considerable time. For example, habits like smoking and alcohol (even when less) pose risks on your fetus, but their high consumption since a young age can affect your fertility by your 30's too. Besides this, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stress are also examples of this. Similarly, many factors can affect your fertility and pregnancy.
Natural Pregnancy Complications
As mentioned earlier, by 30's, you are more likely to have or develop gestational diabetes or high blood pressure. For mother and fetus, it is very risky. Females deciding to experience pregnancy in the 30's shall take extra care of their diet and physical activity. Pregnancy complications also include difficult labor and sustained labor pain. The reason for them can be improper opening of the cervix, or the baby movements are not right, or weaker contractions to get the baby out. Lifestyle choices mentioned in the above point can also result in premature delivery.
Higher Risks of Miscarriage
Women who choose to get pregnant in the 30's have higher risks of experiencing miscarriage and stillbirth. Medical experts believe that age has an undiscovered impact on pregnancy and fetus development, which results in miscarriage or stillbirths. Age also affects the quality of the eggs, fetuses, and other biological restraints, which further lead to miscarriage. The general observation behind this is that a woman's body during the 30's, especially in the late 30's is a bit resistant to several hormones released due to pregnancy.
Health Of The Baby
Infants born to women in their late 30's face many often health risks. The most common risk to the baby is Down's syndrome or a spinal cord defect. An experienced Ob-Gyn will advise you to have extra prenatal tests, frequent ultrasounds, and more fetal checkups post-pregnancy. The obstetrician will also notify you regarding the advance checkups for your infant if you are in the late 30's. Such cases are in less percentage when taken with childbirths by women through overall 30's, they significantly get lower and higher when the mother is in her 20's and 40's, respectively.