Pregnancy in Your Thirties

During the thirties, your chances of giving birth to a child with Down syndrome or another chromosomal defect does increase. However, the percent of risk is still low. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) chances of having a baby with Down syndrome are 1 in 1,250 for a woman at age 25. Chances increase to 1 in 1,000 at age 30, and to 1 in 400 at age 35.

While the stated risk of pregnancy complications is higher in your thirties, those numbers shouldn't scare or deter you from your journey. It's highly probable that you'll end up enjoying a non-eventful pregnancy and birth resulting in a healthy baby! Always discuss any questions or concerns with your healthcare provider.

Is everyone around you having a baby? Are you in this age group and expecting? Tell us what you think is best or worst about being pregnant now.

1. American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). (2003) Age and Fertility: A Guide for Patients. ASRM, Birmingham, AL. accessed (March 7, 2012).

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Thanks so much Killerlilredhead! Best of luck to you and yours -- and there is lots of great content in our Getting Pregnant section when the time comes!

Due to the economy, my boyfriend and I have decided to wait until we have some money and a house, so this article gives me comfort knowing that we are not alone in this, others have been smart too. This type of article is well written and informs me about the risks without scaring me away from children. Thank you!