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Pregnancy by AgeThese days, many women are waiting until they’re older to start a family. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, a successful pregnancy is possible and you can help by following these health tips.

In your 20s the body is primed for pregnancy and producing the highest quality eggs but fertility problems can occur at any age. Track your menstrual cycle; an uneven cycle may be a sign of other issues that can make it harder to get pregnant.

You can also take steps to avoid certain chemicals that could affect fertility. For example, eating organically grown foods can help you avoid the risk of exposure to pesticides. Your 20s is also the time to establish a fitness regimen including strength training that will serve you well for decades to come.

Being significantly overweight may affect fertility in your 30s. You should avoid highly processed foods and excess sugar and fats because weight gain can occur more easily with hormonal changes at this age.

Eat fertility-boosting foods like those with plenty of iodine such as fish, bread, dairy, and eggs, and add vitamin D as a supplement. Your 30s is also a time to have regular checkups with your OB/GYN to watch for conditions such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome that could make it harder to become pregnant.

Fertility declines your 40s and natural pregnancy can be more difficult. In addition to the steps we’ve already mentioned, you can also monitor ovulation to help you choose the right time to try to conceive a child. Limit caffeine, watch blood sugar levels and continue to track your reproductive system with yearly checkups.

The various stages of life each bring challenges that can affect fertility but whatever your age, your doctor can recommend the right treatments to help you have the best chance to become pregnant.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax