When to have a baby: The best time to get pregnant
There isn’t a hard and fast rule that determines the best time to get pregnant. Feeling ready to try for a baby is a personal choice that can be affected by many factors. Future parents tend to consider financial stability, housing, career choices, and personal goals when deciding if they’re ready to bring a new life into the world.
But if we’re talking about fertility, age does matter. During each month of trying, a healthy 30-year-old has a 20-percent chance of becoming pregnant naturally. By age 40, the chance of conceiving naturally is around 5 percent per cycle.
This is because, from birth, the ovaries already contain all the eggs a person will have in their lifetime. With age, the quantity and quality of those eggs decline.
That doesn’t mean that pregnancy isn’t possible after someone is 35 or 40 years old. However, age is an important factor to keep in mind if you’re planning your family.