What Is The Best Age for Getting Pregnant?

Age has always played an important role in a woman’s ability to get pregnant. Regardless of how old you feel, or how young you feel, your reproductive system knows how old you really are. The majority of experts agree that there is no ‘perfect’ age to get pregnant. The pros and cons of conceiving at different ages are examined more closely here.

Getting Pregnant during a Woman’s 20s

The optimum age for fertility for women begins at the age of 18 but according to Parenting.com, a woman is at her most fertile during her early 20s and there is the lowest risk of miscarriage (9.5% between ages 20 and 24 and 10% between ages 25 and 29). Women in their early twenties may be more focused on their education, or may resent having to postpone a career due to children. Women in their late twenties are more likely to be emotionally stable and have strong careers in place. If they are married, both partners could be more equipped to deal with parenting in all respects.

Conceiving during a Woman’s 30s

Fertility starts to drop at age 30 and seriously declines after age 38. The chances of having a miscarriage between ages 30 and 34 rises to 11.7 percent and after turning 35 a woman has an 18 percent risk of miscarrying. Risks of having a Down Syndrome baby or child with any type of abnormality also increases during this period.

A female is more likely to have multiple births, such as twins and triplets, in her late 30s and early 40s. Women who have been focused on their careers may begin to feel emotionally ready to have a baby while having doubts about how they will feel about re-entering the workplace (and whether they will even want to). Doctors may request prenatal screenings during a woman’s late 30s. Many women find this stressful as they may find out that their baby is at risk of being born with an abnormality.

Getting Pregnant during a Woman’s 40s

Unfortunately more or less one third of pregnancies between the ages of 40 and 44 end in miscarriage while more than half of pregnancies in the late 40s end before 20 weeks. The risk of a baby being born with a chromosomal defect increases each year during a woman’s 40s and carrying the baby to term is a lot tougher in a woman’s 40s than in her 20s.ย  Emotionally, women in their early 40s have plenty of experience that can help them raise a child.

By 50, menopause begins to set in and it is extremely unlikely for a woman to get pregnant at this age.

A Man’s Age

Men and women differ greatly when it comes to determining the best age to get pregnant. This is because male fertility is generally high until they reach the end of their thirties. By the time they are 50, roughly a third of all men will experience a decline in the amount or number of sperm that are produced. However, two thirds of men will not have any fertility issues until they are much older.

While it may seem as though the perfect age to pursue pregnancy may be a woman’s late 20s, remember that women are all different and one should always go with her gut feeling about when having a baby would be best.


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  • miki

    Lol who wrote this bullshit? Fertility is at peak in mid 20s which includes 25 and 26 lol retards. Also read egg health peaks at 27,god make up your fucking mind already “experts”!

    • earthsmagic

      Thanks for your “feedback” – could of done without the verbal abuse, but it is what it is. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can you provide a resource that shows the that egg health peaks at 27? What we stated, in the article, is: “Beginning around 25 or 26, a womanโ€™s fertility starts to decline. This decline is relatively gradual for the next ten years, however. It is not until the age of 35 that the process of losing fertility begins to speed up more rapidly. ” We are not saying that the peak isn’t at 25/26. I think you misunderstood what we were attempting to convey here.

  • georgiamama

    My grandmother had her first child at 14 and her last child at 48. She was born in the early 1900’s and was already married at the time of her first pregnancy. She had 12 children in all, no fertility treatments needed. Fertility depends on the individual I don’t believe that science can determine when a woman is ready to stop having children.

    • earthsmagic

      I agree ๐Ÿ™‚ Every woman is unique. The ages quoted are averages and there will be people with individual varying levels of fertility all the way up to menopause.

      • georgeorgiamama

        Well im definitely not my grandmother I only have 2 children but I’m thinking about one more while I’m still fairly young so I don’t end up being the “old lady” at my childs high school graduation ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Mike

    The women in my wife’s family are super fertile. Luck of the Irish I guess. She had her first period and 12 and by age 16 the desire to become pregnant by me was super there. Thanks to the pill she did not. Right after we graduated college and got married my wife had our first at age 22 and our second at 23. At age 30 my wife had our third child and at age 35 our fourth. My sister in-law chose to wait into her 30 and had a very hard time. She has twochildren but used fertility treatments to do so. In my opinion a women’s most fertile period is between 16 and 26.

  • Unfortunately, there is no test really that can indicate if the baby will be as you want it before you actually conceive. You should visit your doctor and ask about the things you should be doing now to make your odds better when you finally do decide to try and get pregnant. You can also talk to the doctor about the age aspect and getting pregnant and what types of things you might encounter if you get pregnant later in life.

  • divitruether

    One of my co workers just turn 29 she’s Ben trying tto conceive for 2 years with no success. Some women get screwed by biology bad.

Last modified: April 14, 2014