6 Secrets I Wish Someone Told Me About IVF

Describing women who get pregnant after 30 as waiting "later in life" seems like an outdated phrase. The latest statistics from the CDC confirm what we've suspected for a while: More women are choosing to delay pregnancy than ever before, and it's hardly a minority. In fact, the number of women having their first baby between the ages of 30 and 34 jumped to 21% in 2014 while 9% try to conceive after 35. 

Whenever you choose to start a family, IVF patient Maryann Janezic tells MyDomaine that it's good to know your options because you never know which direction life will take. "I was very career-oriented when I was in my 20s, and I ended up meeting my husband when I was 30. I've realized that you really can’t plan a timeline for life. You never know what’s going to happen," she says. 

Janezic, a dance studio owner from New Jersey, had been trying to get pregnant naturally for two years before she decided to see a specialist. "I was 34 at the time and we were just so frustrated and anxious," she recalls. After going to two fertility clinics without success, Janezic saw Thomas Molinaro, MD, at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey's Eatontown office, and through their IVF procedure got pregnant with her first child at 36. 

Now, five years later, Janezic has had three children with IVF—a 4-year-old daughter, a 2-year-old son, and 15-month-old son—and has just become naturally pregnant with her fourth. Here, she shares the truths she wishes someone told her about IVF and her top advice to other moms-to-be.

Thinking about having kids in your 30s or 40s? Here's what you need to know about IVF, according to someone who has done it.