For the majority of your life, you’ve equipped your body with every line of defense to combat pregnancy. Now, you’re ready to start a family and want a bun in the oven yesterday! To your surprise, getting pregnant isn’t as easy as your health teacher made it seem many moons ago:
- In her 20s, a woman has a 20% chance of conceiving per month
- In her 30s, that chance goes down to 15% per month
- In her 40s, a woman has less than a 5% chance of conceiving per month
Find out how to kick-start conception in your 20s, 30s, or 40s and ways to help improve your fertility health!
via Parents Magazine
Getting Pregnant In Your 20s
With time on your side, getting pregnant in your 20s is the most optimal time to conceive from a biological standpoint. You have a higher chance of conceiving naturally in your 20s, you are less likely to have a baby with birth defects including spina bifida or Down Syndrome, and the possibility of having a miscarriage is lower. Another great benefit is having the energy to keep up with a curious, rambunctious little one bouncing off the walls!
Ways To Improve Your Fertility in Your 20s
Now that you’ve got college out of your system, it’s time to give binge-drinking, junk-food eating, and pulling all-nighters a rest! And let’s not forget smoking (cigarettes or marijuana), which may harm your preconception health and delay pregnancy. Instead, start incorporating fruits, vegetables, nuts, salmon, and lean meats into your everyday diet to help support your fertility.
Getting Pregnant In Your 30s
It is becoming more common for women to excel in their careers and put having a baby on the back-burner. Girl power! Many women consider their 30s as a happy-medium to start motherhood. Nonetheless, getting a bun in the oven in your 30s is a bit more challenging than getting a BFP in your 20s. Your biological clock is ticking, and your fertility takes a plunge after age 35.
According to American Society for Reproductive Medicine, “Women in their 30s have an increased risk of miscarriage because the quality and quantity of the egg supply will decrease”. Women in their 30s are also more likely to have a baby born with down syndrome. Luckily, most healthy women result with having safe pregnancies!
Ways To Improve Your Fertility in Your 30s
Give your body a break from years of taking birth control and allow your body to revert to your regular period and ovulation cycles. These imitation hormones leave your body within a couple of days, so it is possible to get pregnant the first month off the pill.
A healthy diet should always be at the top of your Project Baby To-Do List. Low-pact exercises including cardio and walking (no more than 30 minutes daily), and avoiding harmful chemicals found in everyday household items are also excellent ways to help support your preconception health.
Getting Pregnant In Your 40s
You’re only as young as you feel, so your biological clock may not have been on your mind as much as your love life, career, travels, and amazing memories made with friends! Unfortunately, women in their 40s only have a 5% chance of conceiving each month. While it isn’t impossible to get pregnant in your 40s, time is not exactly on your side. Shady Grove Fertility reports that: “Due to the decline in quality and quantity of eggs, obstetrical risks increase with age, such as gestational diabetes, hypertension, chromosomal abnormalities”.
Your Fertility discusses the pregnancy risks women are more likely to face in their 40s: “By age 40, she is more than five times more likely to have a stillbirth than a woman under 35. For a woman aged 40 the risk of miscarriage is greater than the chance of a live birth”.
Ways To Improve Your Fertility in Your 40s
While the effects of your biological clock cannot be reversed, there are many ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle to support conception. Eating well, getting a full night’s sleep, and performing light exercises to increase blood flow to your reproductive organs are great ways to improve your fertility health. Doing yoga, mediating, and acupuncture, play a huge role in managing stress and putting you in an optimal mood for trying-to-conceive.
How To Boost Your Fertility At Any Age
While we recommend taking PregPrep at the beginning of your trying-to-conceive journey, women at any age may try our products to help kick-start conception. FertilPrep is an exclusive supplement with NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine). NAC thins cervical mucus, helping facilitate transport of sperm to egg. FertilPrep works to help optimize the quality of your cervical mucus to help facilitate conception, reduce free radical oxidation, and support natural fertility.