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Poll Results: Best age for pregnancy?

See what age you ThinkBaby voters thought was best to have a baby


Posted: 11 January 2008
by Sarah Lawson


With many major issues – like careers and the financial reliance on women as well as men to pay into that all-important first home – being factors that have dominated the social changes of the last generation, it is not surprising that the national average age for a woman to have a baby is creeping up and is now around the 30 years mark for a first child.

With medical knowledge, it is now easier than ever to have a safe pregnancy after 35, but there is no denying that being in your 20s means you are more likely to get pregnant quicker and enjoy health benefits through pregnancy and post-pregnancy that older women do tend to struggle with.

We are all different, and a good relationship doesn't always blossom into a decision to start a family at what is in theory the best time, so we thought we ask you what you think:

14 per cent of you thought that being under 25 was the best age to try for a baby, with the biggest majority of the vote settling for 25 to 30. This age has obvious physical benefits as well as being a time when more women are likely to have become settled in their home and work life, so that is understandable.

There was a fair bit of support for 30-35 (13 per cent), but interestingly, only one per cent voted for after 35. Although the reality is that more women are having babies after 35, many of them probably would have chosen to start at least a little earlier if conditions had been right.

Interestingly, nearly a third of the vote (29 per cent) went to 'whenever feels right', which, ultimately, makes the most sense, whatever the text books tell us to do!


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i beleive that there is no ideal age. every age has its pitfalls and advantages. 30 is a good age but providing you are happy and healthy and can provide a loving safe home for a baby any age is good

Posted: 13/01/2008 at 18:27

Well im 21 and 13 weeks. Ideally i would have liked to have been a little older, maybe 26/27 simply because i hav only just finished my degree (things happen for a reason tho!), however i feel that as i am young i have age on my side and so at lower risk from certain dangers. To be honest as long as you are happy and healthy and truly want your baby for the right reasons (and not because you cant be botherd to get a job/youll get a free council house!lol!) then any age is good. As a teacher i have met some fantastic young mums who are full of energy and produce wonderful children and some older mums who produce spoilt brats and vice Versa, at the end of the day its all personal preference and circumstance. I have my own house with my long term partner who has a very good job and were due to marry in July (postponed now obv!!) so my personal circumstances are very favourable to bring a child into. Some of my frinds thought i was mad, they're all wanting to go off travelling and see the world and have there careers, and theres certainly no saying that i wont do that myself, ill just do it the other way round, have my babies first and then career/travel when we're older and it'll be even more excitong because i can share it with my fantastic partner (hopefully husband before then!)

Posted: 21/01/2008 at 16:46

wow, you sound very similar to me. had baby little older at 24 and was due to get married and had to postpone it. but all worked out in the end. now married, have a lush baby and hubby and very happy. 26 now and still loveing it. can do travelling and things when the kids fly the nest.

Posted: 30/01/2008 at 20:11

the best time for women is the 20th (20 , 21 , ........)

as they are extremely fertile


Posted: 05/02/2008 at 14:56

I GOT MARRIED LAST YEAR, MY HUSBAND AND I MET LATER IN LIFE, I AM 42 HE IS 45. NEITHER OF US HAVE CHILDREN FROM PREVIOUS RELATIONSHIPS. DO YOU THINK WE ARE TOO LD TO CONSIDER A BABY? i AM WORRIED ABOUT THE RISKS OF BEING AN OLD FIRST TIME MUM.

Posted: 01/03/2008 at 16:34

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