Getting married at 36 comes with its pressures – and even more so when you are marrying a Royal Prince – so it is inevitable that Meghan and Harry will be asked that awkward baby question as soon as they took one foot off the chapel steps
It is royal tradition for a couple to have a honeymoon baby and we are sure this will be the case for the newlyweds, after all at 36 a woman’s fertility starts to fall rapidly, so there is no time to waste.
In an interview about their engagement, the couple were asked if they had plans to start a family soon. Prince Harry said at the time they wanted a family, but there were no immediate plans.
Prince Harry, 34, said: “I think one step at a time, and hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future.”
But how long should you wait before trying to conceive?
Dr Geetha Venkat told IVF babble in a recent interview that age is a huge factor when it comes to fertility.
She said: “The challenge for many women choosing to have their first child mid-30s or later is that as part of the body’s natural aging process, a woman’s eggs age too. This can lead to infertility and/or miscarriage.”
Professor Tim Child spoke to IVF babble about reality television star Gemma Collins after her doctor told her there was ‘no rush’ to have children at 37.
He said: “A woman’s fertility declines from her mid-30s, though this is more down to genetic quality of her eggs, rather than the egg numbers being low. However, sometimes a woman’s egg count (known as ‘ovarian reserve’) does reduce faster than expected in which case fertility can be affected by both factors, egg number and genetic quality.
“While many women in their late 30s or early 40s do not have a problem conceiving, many do and treatment success may be limited.”
So whatever your plans are for starting a family in your mid 30s, it is important to know the facts – knowledge is power after all.
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish both Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex a wonderful life together.
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