Is Your Biological Clock Ticking? How Late is too Late?
Biological clock definition: The term ‘biological clock’ actually just refers to the natural rhythms of life – days, nights, seasons, and the stages of life; like puberty and menopause. But the term is most often used in reference to a strong desire to have a baby. A ticking clock can sneak up on women anytime from their late twenties until their early forties.
How do You Know Your Biological Clock is Ticking?
It’s usually something that one aunt says to you at Christmas. You’re in your thirties. Maybe you haven’t found a serious partner yet. Or perhaps you’ve just been focussing on your career. The aunt looks at you pityingly and says, “but isn’t your biological clock ticking dear?”
So, is your clock ticking? Is there some instinctive part of you that’s saying, “I want to have a baby”? Here are a few signs it might be:
- Biologically, the best time to have a baby is between 20 and 35. If you’re in your thirties, or even your early forties, you may have a feeling of dread – “have I left it too long?”
- If most of your friends have babies and you feel envious of them.
- When you see new babies in the mall and have an inexplicable desire to kidnap them!
Is it Time to Think about Having a Baby?
Joking aside, it is a very real feeling and can cause heartache for women. You may want to think seriously about trying for a baby. Check out some of our articles on getting pregnant and being a parent for some extra help:
Work through our five-question quiz to find out if your relationship, your finances, and your life are ready to meet the challenges of being a parent.
What do you need to think about when you’re planning to get pregnant? A helpful checklist.
It’s a really good idea to make sure you’re in good health and identify any risk factors before getting pregnant. Find out what to expect at your pre-pregnancy checkup here.
These days, many women choose to leave having a baby until they are much older. What are the benefits and risks of getting pregnant at 40? What extra care will you need?