I’m a late starter. The wrong side of 35, closer to 40 really… okay I’m 37years old. And 6 months ago my partner and I decided the time was finally right to have a baby. Of course it doesn’t happen as easy as that.
I’m used to going out and getting everything I want in life so it’s a bit of a sting that here I am 6 months later and no baby, not even pregnant. I know what the stats say, after the age of 35 it can take longer to conceive, there are more risks of miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies and all manner of other heart-breaking scenarios. Tabloids talk about missing out on motherhood and the selfish generation who puts their own gratification above that most noble task of breeding.
But then there’s the other stats; the average birth age in the UK hit 30 for the first time last year. According to the Office for National Statistics the number of woman giving birth aged 40+ has increased fourfold in the last 30 years. Menopause hits the average woman at around 50, we’re all living longer, healthier lives. The trend is definitely towards older, grey haired motherhood.
So I decided to see for myself and write what happens in this blog. Baby or no, grey haired mamma or selfishly shrivelled ovaries. I hope to provide information and entertainment for all those 35+ mums to be out there who aim to defy the media warnings and do things at your own pace. Late starters, like me.