Getting Pregnant in Your 30s

Find out more about getting pregnant in your 30s

Getting pregnancy in your 30s can be a bit harder. Women in their 30s have a 15% chance of conceiving each month. Women should seek medical help after nine months of actively trying to become pregnant. The risk of miscarriage at 30 is about 20%. It is important for all women contemplating pregnancy to start prenatal vitamins at least one month prior to starting to try to become pregnant. There is evidence that extra folic acid before pregnancy decreases the risk of birth defects. There is also data suggesting there is benefit to taking extra omega 3 fatty acid supplements during pregnancy.

Pregnancy over age 35 and related risks

A number of different problems characterize the ability to achieve pregnancy over 35. There is a noticeable decline in the fertility rate starting at age 35 to a level of about 10% per month. A woman seeking pregnancy over 35 should consult a fertility specialist after only 6 months of actively attempting to become pregnant. The pregnancy risk over 35 is higher as well as evidenced an increase in the miscarriage rate and the incidence of genetic abnormality in pregnancy. At 35, the miscarriage rate is 25% and the risk of Down syndrome becomes about 1/350. 35 is the age at which genetic testing in pregnancy is first recommended since the chance of picking up an abnormality is greater than the risk of the procedure used to find it.

Learn more about getting pregnant in your 30s

Our Southern California fertility center is here to help you conceive in your 30s. We have highly effective fertility treatments, including intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). These options can help you bring home a bundle of joy. Contact us to schedule an appointment and start on the path to parenthood.