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."
This advice is especially opportune as nowadays it is in vogue to delay having children. Infact, the number of children born to 35-plus women has trebled.
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."