The trend in society today is having children later in life. A person’s lifespan is longer than in years before. Today, more of our population is working toward a higher education and it takes longer to establish a life. But does older age affect the health and well-being of an infant?

There are positive and negative aspects to conceiving at an older age. I’ve been reading articles on the subject and a main risk for children with older parents is Down Syndrome. It also may be harder to get pregnant.

When it comes to the health of a baby, women in their 40’s experience a high number of unplanned abortions, stillbirths, and abnormal births.

According to an article I read in Muscle and Fitness, 23-year old women are considered to be in the most fertile stage of their life. But there are many good reasons to wait to get pregnant. Research shows that kids have more advantages when their parents are settled and ready. They tend to have fewer children and in turn the kids possess more time spent with them and better resources.

So how do we know when our biological time is up? Fertilization varies from woman to woman. Some can get pregnant easily at the age of 40 while others struggle at younger ages. Every girl is born with a limited number of eggs that die off as years go on. As a woman ages it is harder for an egg to make it through the fertilization process. Remember a healthy diet, exercise, and keeping up with yearly exams will help prevent infertility.

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