The age of 35 has become somewhat of a psychological threshold for many women who focus on their career, but still plan to have children.
According to Dr. Laura Gaudet, a high-risk obstetrician at the Ottawa Hospital in Canada, one of the most common questions that women ask her is: how long can I wait to have a baby? Or, more to the point: is it too late to start a family after the age of 35?
Although it is a known fact that fertility in women decreases as they get older, Gaudet said that there is no magic age limit for pregnancy that applies to all women.
"Practically speaking, from an obstetrician's point of view, the sooner women can have their babies the better. But there's nothing magical about 35 that says you have to have them before 35 compared to after 35," Gaudet, who specializes in pregnancy risk factors, said in a statement.
Her point of view is shared by Dr. Nicole Todd, a gynecologist at the BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre in Vancouver. Todd told Global News that the decline of fertility occurs gradually and is in no way related to turning a specific age.
In fact, science has not yet fully established at what age in a woman's life fertility begins to decline, Conversation states. The media outlet argues that the best age to have a child, as perceived by women of each generation, has more to do with the cultural and economic factors than with their biological clock.