At which age should women have children?
When is the best time to get pregnant?
How to conceive a baby once you start hearing your biological clock ticking its last years?
For those who think that waiting until after 35 to get pregnant is a good idea, please consider that, in terms of our biological clocks, it is actually our mid-20s when women are most fertile.
That is a perfect age for having children (or at least the first child). The mid-20s time window is best suited for both mother and infant and that is a reality that won’t be changed any time soon.
The good news is that, due to increased life expectancy, there is still more than enough time left for a woman to later pursue her career, partnerships, or whatever else she may wish for. Therefore, for anyone who is serious about becoming a mother, the use of this time window should not be missed.
Doing everything else first and intentionally delaying pregnancy until after 35 is simply a risky idea. To this, I would like to also add (knowing how little support most social settings provide and how difficult raising a baby may become): should getting a first child at this age be an entirely impossible task, there exists one viable alternative that every young woman should consider (I wrote a separate article about that: Is Freezing eggs the best backup plan available?)
Good books on fertility and getting pregnant:
Axmon A, Rylander L, Albin M, Hagmar L. Factors affecting time to pregnancy. Hum Reprod. 2006 May;21(5):1279-84.
Bentzen JG, Forman JL, Larsen EC, Pinborg A, Johannsen TH, Schmidt L, Friis-Hansen L, Nyboe Andersen A. Maternal menopause as a predictor of anti-Mullerian hormone level and antral follicle count in daughters during reproductive age. Hum Reprod. 2013 Jan;28(1):247-55.
Hewlett BS, Hewlett BL (2010). Sex and searching for children among Aka foragers and Ngandu farmers of Central Africa. African Study Monographs, 31(3): 107-125.
Shostak, Marjorie (1981). Nisa, the life and words of a !Kung woman. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Talukdar N, Bentov Y, Chang PT, Esfandiari N, Nazemian Z, Casper RF. Effect of long-term combined oral contraceptive pill use on endometrial thickness. Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Aug;120(2 Pt 1):348-54.
Wallace WHB, Kelsey TW (2010). Human Ovarian Reserve from Conception to the Menopause. PLoS ONE 5(1):e8772.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008.