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How many children when you're over 30?

(67 Posts)
throgmorton Thu 14-Jun-07 13:09:46

If you started over age 30, did you have loads of children?

Just an idle wonder... I'd love to have loads but cant cope with the idea of spending most of my 30s preg and most of my 40s with young ones so I guess I've left i too late. Oh well...

NAB3 Thu 14-Jun-07 13:16:38

My first was born when I was 29, my second when I was 31 and my third when I was 33. I would have liked more but it isn't because of my age that we are not having any more. BTW Having children never goes to plan...

OrmIrian Thu 14-Jun-07 13:18:54


DS#1 at 31 (very nearly 32)
DD at 34
DS#2 at 38

Didn't even comtemplate babies till I was 30.

Sid Thu 14-Jun-07 13:20:11

All 4 of mine were born when I was over 30....I'm now 41 and find myself still able to cope with and enjoy young ones. Age is a question of mind over matter - if you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

LucyJones Thu 14-Jun-07 13:21:04

1st at 29
2nd at 31

My sister had first at 35 and second at 38 and she has managed fine.

Eulalia Thu 14-Jun-07 13:22:26

Had all of mine over 30.

First was one month before I turned 34, 2nd I was 36 1/2, 3rd was 3 weeks before I was 40. Enjoyed it all and always had plenty of energy.

Singapore Thu 14-Jun-07 13:22:41

All three, dd1 at 35, dd2 at 36 and ds at 39...just.

CarGirl Thu 14-Jun-07 13:23:48

just start with one or two and carry on if you feel up to it!

PartyClown Thu 14-Jun-07 13:24:58

I have 5. First born a month before my 31st birthday, last born 2 months after my 40th birthday.

easywriter Thu 14-Jun-07 13:25:21

2 and a bit (so far)

At 35 I had dd1 &dd2.
Am currently bump growing aged 38 (but I'll be 39 by the time I give birth.

We'd like 4 but dh lives in fear of 5 children and since we had twins the first time I don't think he'll be up for another after this babe (I'm quite sad about this really but I'm sure I'll start a thread after this baby is born and I have to face the reality of no more knee biters!)

For us, getting our head in order with regard to what would happen if we had a child with an age related disability was key.

Didn't really consider it the first time for some reason but the second time round when it might affect dd's lives too we did have to think about it.

You're never too old till your body tells you to bog off. Go for it!

ThomCat Thu 14-Jun-07 13:27:56

DD1 - 31 when I had her
DD2 - 34
DC3 - I'll be 36

Shrinkinglily Thu 14-Jun-07 13:28:17

ds1 24
dd 36
ds2 38
ds3 40

I'm enjoying it.

IsabelWatchingItRainInMacondo Thu 14-Jun-07 13:28:21

I didn't even consider the idea before 30, had first at 32, would have liked 4 but at the time is just not a good idea, not because I'm in my 30s but because of a multitude of other unrelated reasons.

But as somebody has already said... having children never goes to plan. So who knows, I may end up with triplets if I convince myself to get pregnant at 58

Singapore Thu 14-Jun-07 13:29:20

Sid, well said!

KTeePee Thu 14-Jun-07 13:29:33

Had all my three when I was over 30. I was definitely not ready to settle down any earlier. Only downside is I worry I will be the oldest mum in the playground by the time they finish primary school!

CatIsSleepy Thu 14-Jun-07 13:31:58

1st at 35
er...that's it
not sure i'll be having loads, always used to think i'd want 3 or 4 but now i've seen how much hard work's involved i may settle for just 1 more! i like the idea of a huge family, justt don't think i could cope with the reality
my mum had 4 starting at 30, i was born when she was 38

throgmorton Thu 14-Jun-07 13:32:12

hooray, thanks for the hope!

Singapore Thu 14-Jun-07 13:33:56

When I took my ds back for his six week check, someone at the hospital asked me if I was his grandmother!

CatIsSleepy Thu 14-Jun-07 13:35:23

the cheek singapore!

TheDuchessOfNorksBride Thu 14-Jun-07 13:35:24

DD1 at 32
DS1 at 34
DD2 at 35

And I'd like to have another one before I'm 40. I conceive very easily which was lucky. But it can be hard work having them this fast but the rewards are worth it. They are a tremendous team and they'll all be at school by my 40th year - unless I do have another, but hey-ho, 40 isn't old like it was when our grandmothers were having children.

Singapore Thu 14-Jun-07 13:38:39

Tell me about it, I must have looked particulary rough that day, came home to dh for some reassurance!He found it highly amusing as did my mum, who looks like a grandma! I had ds three weeks before my 40th birthday, so I suppose I could have been his grandmother!

mazzystar Thu 14-Jun-07 13:39:01

ds at 34 - two weeks before my birthday
dd at 37
jury is still out on a third.....

jura Thu 14-Jun-07 13:39:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Tutter Thu 14-Jun-07 13:41:13

ds1 at 34
currently pg with ds2 and am now 36

unlikely to have more becasue the gap i would need for may sanity's sake would mean i'd be over 40. not impossible, but not perfect...

cutekids Thu 14-Jun-07 13:41:45

dd1 when I was 30
ds1 when I was 31
dd2 when I was 32...!!!

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