Sara Ramirez Hearing the Tick Tock of Her Biological Clock

09/24/2011 at 02:00 PM ET
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Following her recent engagement, Sara Ramirez may be ready for marriage, but the baby carriage is on hold — for now.

“I’m not expressing anything negative or positive about it necessarily,” the Grey’s Anatomy star tells Latina of having children.

“I’m thinking about it, and I’m really taking it very seriously, because I feel that when you bring a child into the world, it’s a very, very big responsibility.”

After turning 36 last month, the age factor only adds to the pressure for the actress, who knows time is no longer on her side.

“I’m very aware of how old I am and I’m very aware of what that means in terms of statistics, and so, yes, I’m considering it,” she says. “The clock’s ticking and I totally hear it!”

And while Ramirez may find herself contemplating children later in life, her decision to hold off on starting a family is a choice she doesn’t regret.

“At the end of the day, I’m a much more giving person in my 30s than I would have been in my 20s,” she explains. “I’ll be a lot clearer about who I am and what I want and how to give unconditional love and attention to a child.”

— Anya Leon

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Katie on

I love Sara. She’s so beautiful. One thing people forget is that it can take a while to get pregnant even for healthy couples. Start soon, Sara!

klutzy_girl on

Love Sara! She’s great.

And I honestly believe she’ll be the next pregnant actress on the set of Grey’s Anatomy if there’s a season 9 and will continue the tradition of someone pregnant each season.

Amber on

I hear ya Sara…I’m 34 and all I can think about is my dwindling fertility.

Sarah K. on

Well, there’s definitely something in the water on the Grey’s Anatomy set so she shouldn’t have any problems getting pregnant :). Since the show started Ellen Pompeo, Sarah Drew (almost), Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Chyler Leigh and Jessica Capshaw have all had babies since the show started!

Angela on

Statistics are one thing but people should also take a look at their family history. Both of my grandmothers had children well into their late 30s 60 years ago and several of my aunts and great-aunts got pregnant in their late 30s. I got pregnant at 31, 32 and 34 with absolutely no problems, and I have to think my family history with pregnancies a bit later in age had a lot to do with it.

Charlotte on

I love Sara! I hope she gets her baby, especially cause that means another Grey’s Anatomy bub!

La La Outlandish on

She is so gorgeous and real!

Lynn on

I would tell you from my horrible experince to have babies to start asap. I am 38 and have been trying for 5 years. I am broke from all the medical procedures. Would love to adopt but have no money left.

Em on

@ Sarah K.

and Katherine Heigl!!

Tee on

Em, I think Sarah K. didn’t mention Katherine Heigel just because she was talking about people getting pregnant. Katherine’s daughter is adopted. Goodness, I wish we saw more pictures of little Nahleigh… she’s adorable!

Bancie1031 on

I love Sara and I think she’s beautiful 🙂 I would love to see her have a little baby … Hopefully soon!

Julia on

Angela, I had the same experience. My maternal grandmother had two children after her 40th birthday (and two in her late twenties/early thirties). I have three kids, all conceived after I turned 35. My first was born just after I turned 36, the second two weeks before my 38th bday, and my youngest was a happy surprise (and when I say surprise, I mean I was taking BC pills!) — I found out she was on her way just a few weeks before my 40th bday. I agree that it’s not just a matter of statistics but your own health and family medical/reproductive history.

I also adore Sara on Grey’s and wish her all the best with her engagement and whatever choices she makes about her family.

Em on

Tee, it makes sense indeed. But then again she shouldn’t be left out because she adopted rather being pregnant. In the end, she became a mother as well.

molly on

to Em,
The whole point of Sarah K.’s comment about about the cast getting pregnant (or impregnating). While yes, although she is a mother, Heigl was not pregnant, nor is she on the show. Relax.

Sarah K. on

Thanks Molly and Tee! That was my exactly point!

Em, I didn’t leave Katherine out because I think she’s less of a mother or that Naleigh isn’t really her daughter. I love that Katherine adopted and I think Naleigh is precious, but I’m not going to throw their names in when it doesn’t make sense. If I was talking about parenting in general, then yes I would include them. But, the topic here is pregnancy.

Sara Ramirez expressed concerned about getting pregnant, so I made a joke about how no one on the show seems to have a problem with getting pregnant or getting their wives pregnant. It wouldn’t make sense to apply “there’s something in the water” for pregnancy to an adoption. I get that you’re trying to be politically correct, but Katherine did not get pregnant so why would I include her on a list of people who did get pregnant (or impregnate)?

saydee on

@Amber – me too!

sandy on

What an intelligent, insightful woman: She is a star in more ways than one! One of my friends, who seems to be a perfect candidate for motherhood–kind, nurturing, level-headed–has a wonderful response when folks ask her why she is not a mom: She says, “I don’t want to bring a child into the world if I can’t give them the world.” So, she is waiting for the right time and the right financial situation. Brava to all women who really think through this incredibly important decision.

Karen on

She has some time, but not much. Maybe she could freeze her eggs? I’ll never forget a show that Oprah did – and got a lot of flack from feminists about. It was women who waited too long, especially trying to get to a certain point in their careers to have kids. One woman was 36 and said, “I have the career and my husband and I have a 6 bedroom house now, but we can’t have the kids to fill it”. At the time, the conventional wisdom was that women could have it all. This episode proved otherwise.

I think she’s wise to wait until she’s ready, but the longer you wait, the less fertile you become and the more likely there is to have a child with problems. I had a friend who was 35 when she had her baby. She saw written on her chart “elderly mother”! The doctors know the truth. It’s later than you think.

paula on

I love Sara!! She’s my favorite on Grey’s. She’s beautiful. I wish her the best of luck with a baby, when she’s completely ready. She will be a great Mom!! 🙂