According to a story in the news yesterday, 23 is the ideal age to become a mum if you wish to have a big family. And even if you're hoping to have just one child, you should crack on with it before the age of 32.
The Daily Mail reports:
The advice comes from scientists who crunched together fertility data on more than 58,000 women to create an at-a-glance calculator.
It tells a woman the best age to start a family – and makes it clear that IVF is not a guarantee for those who wait.
We've all heard about the risks of delaying motherhood, and it seems as though fertility experts aren't holding any punches when it comes to explaining that time isn't on your side if you want to have a family in your thirties.
But what's your view? I had my babies when I was 28, 30 and 37 - and I don't mind admitting that I worried sick throughout my last pregnancy that I was over the hill and putting myself and my baby at all sorts of risks by choosing to have a child so 'late'. But in hindsight, I wish I hadn't let the media scaremongering spin me into a state of worry during what was otherwise a perfect pregnancy and labour.
What age were you when your babies were born, and did you pay any attention to the experts' advice about not delaying motherhood?
We'd love to hear your views on the 'right' age to start a family, either in the comments below or over on our Facebook page.
TOPICS: Parenting Tips