When Having A Baby Takes A Little More Work


As a working woman, you tackle many challenges each day both in and out of work-completing assignments, meeting deadlines, keeping up with the bills and chores, and taking care of your health. But one of the biggest challenges you may face is discovering how to balance your career and build a family.

With more women succeeding in demanding and rewarding careers, many decide to postpone having children until they have reached personal landmarks in their professions.  You may work in an environment where there are many women who have families and for many working mothers, career/life issues such as child-care, flex-time and job sharing are top-of-mind.

Married with Children and a Job

In 2001, nearly 70 percent of married women with children under the age of 18 were on the job.

What you may not know is this: if you are a working woman considering motherhood, before you figure out how long to take for maternity leave, you may first need to deal with the challenge of getting pregnant.

Women Who Wait

It is easy to convince ourselves that we will be able to have children later in life because it seems like everyone is doing it. In fact, between 1990 and 2001, the U.S. birth rate among women ages 24 to 29 dropped six percent, while births to women ages 35 to 39 jumped 28 percent.

However, these statistics are deceiving. While many women are able to conceive naturally later in life, this is not the case for everyone. Studies show that a woman’s fertility actually decreases with age, peaking in her late 20s and dropping dramatically as she enters into her late 30s.

While many women can become both successful business women and mothers, it is important to try your best to plan for both ahead of time so you have a greater chance of becoming pregnant when you are ready.

For example, begin talking to your physician before trying to conceive to discuss your expectations and personal health situation. Also discuss how to stay healthy to help enhance your fertility. Establishing this ongoing communication will help you and your physician to better identify potential timing and need for fertility treatment.

When Things Don’t Work Out as Planned

Infertility affects about six million American couples, roughly ten percent of the population currently at reproductive age. If you believe you are experiencing trouble getting pregnant, the sooner you see a specialist and begin fertility treatment, the better.

As a general rule of thumb, if you are in your twenties to early thirties doctors recommend trying to conceive naturally for one year before seeing a specialist. If you are over 35 years of age, you should seek help from a specialist sooner, around six months after trying to conceive.

Proven treatments can help many couples, and advancements in medicine technology , patient-friendly medications and microsurgery techniques are boosting conception success rates.

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