At 31 years old, with one child, I often question my decision to not have any more children. I feel like that ship has sailed or that the siblings would be too far apart (my son is ten). I also need to get my health in order before I even consider using my body as a vessel to bring another life into the world. The thought crosses my mind nearly as much as a pedestrian walking in front of a car in a busy city. If you do the math, that equals A LOT!
I did not struggle to conceive my child. At the young age of twenty, I'm not even sure there was any planning involved. It was more a combination of hormones and recklessness. But the end result was worth it, despite any hardships that came with being a young mother.
What happens now that I'm older?
If I decide to have another child, will it be difficult?
Will my age become a factor?
Are my "eggs" ready?
Is my body functioning correctly?
Women seriously overestimate their ability to become pregnant in their 30s and 40s, according to a recent National Infertility Association poll of 1,000 women ages 25-35. Most respondents believed women in their 30s have a 70 percent chance of conceiving and that 40-year-olds have a 60 percent chance. However, the reality is that a healthy 30-year-old has only a 20 percent chance of conceiving naturally each month – and by age 40, that number drops down to just 5 percent.I laid in bed the other day watching an episode of the Style Network's "Giuliana & Bill". I cried on several instances – her breast cancer diagnosis, the unconditional love shown by husband and wife and of course, Giuliana's numerous failed attempts at In vitro fertilization (IVF).
I couldn't help but think how blessed I was to be able to conceive a child with zero complications. In a way, I felt guilty. How could this successful, married and financially stable women NOT be blessed with a child? What had I done to deserve a problem-free impregnation?
I realized that blessings come in all forms and ultimately, what is meant to be...will be. But that doesn't mean you can't search for hope in different places.
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I was compensated for writing this post. The opinions and views are my own. Although I am not trying to conceive, I know there are plenty of women out there who are. Hopefully this will help one of my readers. ;-)