Today we learnt, our very own duchess Megan is pregnant at age 37. The little darling is expected in spring of 2019.
How amazing. She was beaming from ear to ear as she touched down in Australia earlier today.
Why this post you may wonder?
Well, it is a good news story and l love sharing good news, she is 37! And often we are told how difficult it is to conceive over that age.
We are constantly told and with good reason that a woman’s fertility falls off significantly once she reaches her 35th birthday, according to Katherine O’Brien, head of policy research at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas), women should not panic about conception after the age of 35.
According to her, there are evidence which suggests that having sex twice a week, 82 per cent of women aged 35-39 will conceive within one year of trying.
While women in their late thirties might have to try harder to conceive, they stand a high chance of falling pregnant relatively swiftly (HUFFPOST).
Of course the biological clock is real but the age with the most decline is in one’s 40s.
That is not to say women below the age bracket cannot be faced with problems.
Women of any age can be faced with infertility.
We started trying when I was 30, and I only fell pregnant after a few IVF attempts at age of 38.
The bottom line here is that a woman who leads a relatively healthy life like Magen does have a higher chance of falling pregnant.
Luck or Cause:
I use to have to deal with comments which suggests we were just unfortunate. “you are so young and can’t get pregnant”? I also thought it was my fate to suffer this disease, friends who have also suffered this disease often joked that they were unlucky.
Knowing what I know now I don’t think my particular situation was down to luck, I had an underlying disease which I believe affected my ability to fall pregnant easily.
For others they may have lived a relatively healthy life and still for some reason unable to fall pregnant. So it could be luck for some and medical for others? I don’t know.
But generally adopting a healthy lifestyle is of great benefit to a achieving one’s quest for parenthood.
I know Megan is lives a healthy lifestyle and maybe just maybe luck was also on her side. Regardless it’s nice not to suffer the dreaded disease.
Causes of infertility
women in their mid to late thirties conceive naturally if they are ovulating regularly and have no known cause of sub-fertility and have maintained a healthy lifestyle when there is no male factor problem. Men’s age also has an impact on their fertility.”
According to the NHS websites the known causes of infertility are
Low spent count,
Low egg quality
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Cervical mucus problem.
It advised women over 35 to consult their GP if they have not conceived after trying regularly for 12 months.
Everyone’s story is different, whether you have been trying for a few months or a few years, keep your hopes alive with the news of Megan’s pregnancy. Who knows Mother Nature may smile on you soon.
Whatever the length of time please seek medical help if you have been trying for 12 months without success.
Your partner in Hope