Best time to conceive is between 20 to 35 years

Updated: Jan 02, 2011, 16:16 PM IST

London: School going girls should be taught that the best time to bear a child is between 20 to 35 years of age, says a Brit doctor.

Tony Falconer, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, has warned against the growing trend for women delaying having kids as they concentrate first on their careers, insisting it harmed fertility and would lead to conception problems.

"There’s no doubt that between 30 and 35 is the time to have your children. We are building up a difficulty for ourselves as a society by people’s expectations that they will wait until they are older. That’s a very complex issue and it is a problem," the Daily Mail quoted Falconer as saying.

Many women avoid bearing kids until late 30s or even 40s despite of being aware of health risks, encouraged by older celebrity mums such as Madonna and Nicole Kidman.

He has warned that chances of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth were nearly 30 per cent for a 40-year-old mother and 40 per cent for a 45-year-old.

Falconer suggested educating school kids about the risks of later motherhood would help teenage girls realise that it is not sensible to put off having children for too long.

"When you’re educating children about contraception and teenage pregnancy... you might tag onto that what the best age is to have children.

"As a 15-year-old girl, when you’re doing your GCSE preparation, it might just sow a seed for them if you give them information at that stage that the best time to have children was 20-35," he said.