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Becoming a mother at a later age definitely has its perks — you have an exciting career and are able to afford a family financially. But the same cannot be said for your biological clock — when it comes to your fertility, time is really of the essence.

You’ll take longer to get pregnant, face a greater risk of miscarriages, premature labour and may even give birth to a child with chromosomal or physical defects — to name a few.

Your spouse will also likely experience a poorer sperm count and quality, which starts to decline after age 40.

That said, at this stage in most couples’ lives, starting a family is a decision that has been carefully thought out and not undertaken on a whim. Take a look at celebs who have defied the biological odds and are now embracing parenthood and all its ups and downs!

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