As a nation, we鈥檙e moving through major life stages slower than we ever have before. The average age to get married is now 28 whereas in 1990 it was 23. In fact, most 20somethings recently admitted they don鈥檛 even feel like a real adult until they鈥檙e 29 years old. Considering these two factors, women are opting to have babies later in life than they ever have in the past. But according to a UK fertility doctor, the prime age to get pregnant is much sooner than you might think.

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UK publication Evening Standard recently spoke with Dr. Gillian Lockwood , the medical director at the Midland Fertility Clinic. She told the paper that age 25 when your body is most ready for a pregnancy. Wow. Whoa. Okay. Anyone else just have a little bit of a meltdown?

Fortunately, Lockwood understands that this age is not exactly when most women are thinking about babies anymore. She says, 鈥淎ge 25 is exactly the time when today鈥檚 young women have left university, are trying to get off on a good career, trying to pay back their student loans, trying to find someone who wants to have babies with them and trying to get on the housing ladder.鈥 That鈥檚 a lot of things to manage.

Lockwood goes on to warn about how low your chances are of conceiving after the age of 40. She finished on this super light note: 鈥淭he problem we have here is that women on the outside are shiny, young and youthful and on the inside their ovaries know exactly what it says on their birth certificate.鈥 馃槼

Don鈥檛 worry though: recent studies show that waiting to have a baby can lead to a smarter child with a better quality of life . The choice is yours!

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