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Andrea Kott, a 42-year old medical writer in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y, who had both of her children in her late 30s, says she thinks some women wait because they want to be in the best possible place in their lives before starting a family and want to feel that they have reached their career potential.

"For me, having kids was a reflection of being in a good personal place," she says. "Where I live, I'm not in a minority; most of my peers with young kids are around the same age as me." But she admits that staying fit and healthy is a priority when you're over 40 and have small kids.

Perloe, the fertility specialist, says while pregnancy at any age is a very personal choice, women need to know their risks and their chances of success early enough that they can keep all their options open.

"There are benefits for women who want to have kids early and there are benefits for women who want to have kids late, as well as disadvantages," he says. "But I think anyone entering into this ought to consider the ramifications of putting off having kids."

For more information from WebMD, visit our -->Diseases and Conditions pages on pregnancy.

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