Getting Pregnant in Your 20s: What to Expect

Getting Pregnant in Your 20s: What to ExpectThere’s no magic age at which it’s most beneficial for you and your partner to start a family, but there are noticeable health and emotional differences between pregnancy in your 20s versus in your 30s or 40s. What can you expect from a pregnancy in your 20s? We’re looking at the pros and cons today and bringing you the best family planning information if you’re in your second decade.

Your 20s will most likely be the decade in which you accumulate most of your life experiences. There are a lot of firsts in your 20s: first home, first job, marriage, etc. Amid the changes, many couples find themselves adding children to the mix. According to data from the Center for Disease Control, pregnancy rates are highest among women in their 20s. Even though you may not be settled into a career or long-term relationship, you are energetic and the most fertile you’ll ever be. If you have regular, ovulatory periods, there is a 20 percent chance you will get pregnant if you have sex without protection. You are in peak biological and physical condition to carry a baby with the least chance of complication.

There are psychological factors to consider about getting pregnant in your 20s that do not generate the same kind of concern later in life. Without the feeling of financial and emotional stability, pregnancy can seem daunting in your 20s. Even though you have a low risk of hypertension and your risk of developing gestational diabetes is half that in your 40s, you do not have the luxury of feeling set in lifestyle like a woman in her 30s or 40s might. A woman in her later 20s will have more stability compared to her younger self, so some of these external issues like job advancement and body image will not seem as important. Being prepared to do the most you can for your baby is a great indicator of feeling ready to get pregnant.

More good health news for getting pregnant in your 20s: your miscarriage risk is the lowest it will ever be. If you’re properly exercising and have good nutritional habits, getting back to your normal body weight after birth will be easier than at any other age. Of course, breastfeeding your baby will help burn extra calories after delivery as well as lower your risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer later in life. Nursing is also the most cost-effective way to ensure that your baby is getting the best nutrition. Take into consideration how having a baby will change your routine, job, and relationship before getting pregnant—welcoming a baby into your family is a special time and should be enjoyed more so than not.

What do you think, moms? Did you experience any of the above if you gave birth in your 20s? Be sure to share and offer support to women you know that are trying to get pregnant in their 20s. More moms feel confident about breastfeeding and raising a baby when they have a strong, active community to turn to for advice!