Fertility experts have warned women who put off starting a family till their mid-thirties or even more, using their career as an excuse, will only discover that it is too late. Such women may live with regrets throughout their life.
Ideally, a woman should start a family before she turns 35, according to fertility experts.
"The most important message is for women to have their babies before the clock strikes 12," Professor Mary Herbert, eminent reproductive biologist, said. "I would be getting worried about my daughter if she hadn't had a child by 35."
Women must know that fertility drops steeply by the age of 35 and it is the really lucky who become pregnant in their 40s or 50s. Late pregnancies are risky for both the mother and the child.
The risks of miscarriage, complicated pregnancies, genetic disorders, as well as depression in mothers are some of the associated risks of late pregnancy.
Jane Stewart, an IVF doctor at the Newcastle Fertility Centre, said, "Family planning is often seen as a way of avoiding teenage pregnancies, avoiding people being pregnant when they don't want to be because it doesn't fit in with their life or social life or whatever else. But family planning has to include when you are going to have your children as well."