BBC Countryfile’s Julia Bradbury wishes she’d started having children earlier.
She’s already mum to 2-year-old Zephyrus, but now, at 43, she’s suffering from the painful condition endometriosis, which can affect fertility.
“Doctors had warned that it would be more difficult because of my condition and the fact that I was an older mum,” she told the Express. “I am very lucky that I have even had Zeph. Once you are over 40, everybody knows that your chances of having a baby drop off a cliff.”
Julia started trying for a baby when she was 40 because she didn’t get together with her partner, Gerard, until she was 39.
“We knew we wanted a family.” she said, “and I didn’t have a lot of time, so we started trying.”
And when she fell pregnant, she was delighted – but her pregnancy was complicated as she suffered from pre-eclampsia. “I didn’t feel myself and I had this persistent, pounding headache,” she said. “Doctors found I had early onset pre-eclampsia. I was given a cervical sweep and, within 48 hours, I started to have contractions.
“Labour took 33 hours and it was traumatic towards the end. I had an epidural, as I was in a lot of pain, but I had a natural birth, which is what I wanted.”
Now Julia would like another child but fears she may be unable.
“I can’t tell at this stage if my endometriosis will prevent me from having more kids. I hope it won’t. I would love Zeph to have a brother or sister but I am 43 and have to be realistic.
“You have to say in your heart that having one child might be it. I have to be positive and count my blessings.
“What I would say to other women is not to leave it too late. I have had a fantastic career but I didn’t start early enough.”