When Are You Ready for a Baby?
It’s difficult to decide when the perfect time is to have a baby. Sometimes its not a choice, it’s a surprise! So we are here to help you decide at which part of your life it is best to have a baby.
If you are trying to get pregnant in your 20’s, time & biology is on your side! Your body is prepared for pregnancy and will remain so for the rest of your 20s.
There are advantages and disadvantages to getting pregnant at any age. We’ve done the research and found out the pros and cons of each age!
Experts find that the average woman’s fertility peaks during her early 20s, therefore, from a biological perspective this is considered the best decade for conceiving and carrying a baby.
Every woman, has roughly 1 to 2 million eggs. As you get older, your ovaries age along with the rest of your body and the quality of your egg fades. This is the reasoning as to why younger women’s eggs are less likely than older women’s to have genetic abnormalities. The risk of miscarriage is 10 percent for women in their 20s compared to 12 percent for women in their 30s.
When you have the baby in your 20s, you have more energy to wake up in the middle of the night to take care of the baby and still be able to function the next day.
Besides being physically equipped for a child, you are also more flexible in your 20s which is good for your marriage and for the transition to parenthood.
During your 20s, you may be starting out professionally and figuring out a career path.
Taking time off to have baby may set you back professionally. There’s an economic toll motherhood takes on a woman’s earning potential. Even if a woman goes right back towork afterhaving children, statistically she’ll earn significantly less than her childless counterparts. This is a powerful incentive for some women to delay pregnancy.
Having a child in your 20s may not be optimal. In your 20s you have a lot of debt and you just start out earning a significant amount and may not have the optimal resources to be prepared for a child.
Couples in their 20s who have a child may have relationship strain. Young people often do not have the experience to realize that the early period of life with a new born is only temporary. Mothers in their 20s are likely to feel depressed and overwhelmed and the father feel abandoned by his wife, due to the wife’s new occupation with the little one.
Young couples are simply not prepared to be parents. Raising children is emotionally and physically demanding, and sometimes they are not prepared for the sacrifice and patience it requires.
Many consider the 30s the ideal age for motherhood. In your 30s you are more secure in your career and in your relationship. And you and your partner have had time for yourselves for adventure before parenthood.
That’s the good news. The bad news is there’s a tremendous difference in your ability to get pregnant in your early 30s as opposed to your late 30s.
New moms in their 30s still have a lot of energy and resilience, qualities that come in handy for parenting young children. Everyone is different, but women this age probably know themselves better than women in their 20s.
In many ways, having children in your 30s makes financial and practical sense. You probably have a higher income and a better financial cushion than you did in your 20s because you’ve had more time to become established in the working world.
In your early 30s, your chances of getting pregnant are only slightly lower than in your late 20s, and your risk of having a miscarriage or a baby with Down syndrome is only slightly higher. But at 35, that decline in fertility begins to accelerate.
That age is also when other genetic problems become more of a concern, so experts routinely recommend that women have cell-free fetal DNA blood testing, amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, or other detailed screenings starting in the mid 30s.
Miscarriage rates also rise slowly but steadily as women age, as do pregnancy-related complications. And women 35 and older are more likely than younger women to have an ectopic pregnancy.
Cesarean rates are also higher for women older than 35: Mothers this age have about a 43 percent chance of a c-section delivery compared to a roughly 30 percent chance for mothers in their 20s. Experts say these increased cesarean rates are caused by pregnancy problems like fetal distress or prolonged second-stage labor, which are more common for older mothers.
Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.