What is the best age to have a baby?

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Natasha Kaplinsky

The average age for women to have a baby has risen from 27 to over 30 for the first time in the last few years.

Meanwhile, the pregnancy rate for women over the age of 40 is also at a record high.

That said, some women who have children later in life wish they'd started a family earlier.

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky gave birth to her two children - six-year-old Arlo and four-year-old Angelica - in her late thirties, but now says she wishes she'd had children younger. The 42 year old told the Mail Online:

'I met my husband later on in life. I feel very fortunate with my two, but I feel I would be pushing my luck if I tried again... I didn't know what it would feel like to have children and it's only since then that I wished I had started sooner.'



'I would be pushing my luck if I tried again': Natasha Kaplinsky says she wishes she'd started a family earlier.

She also added: 'I would have had a whole football team if I could have done!'

The comments come not long after fellow TV star Kate Garraway backed a campaign encouraging women to have children younger, before it becomes too late. Kate, 47, who had her children at 38 and 42 said:

'In some ways I wish I'd had my babies younger. Now I would love a third child but I've almost certainly left it too late. My fertility door is slamming shut.'



Kate Garraway backed a campaign encouraging women to have children earlier.

However some celebrities, such as Halle Berry for example, who welcomed her second child in 2013 at the age of 47, are proving that it is still possible to have a healthy pregnancy in their 40s. 

On the other end of the scale, although they have dropped, the UK still has the highest rate of teen pregnancies in Western Europe.

The experts reckon the best age to have a baby is 34. Are they right? Take a look at this and see for yourself:

- Your teens
- Your 20s
- Your 30s
- Your 40s

What age did you have your children? Leave us a comment to let us know.


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