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What Is The Best Age To Have A Baby?

What Is The Best Age To Have A Baby?


How do you choose the proper age to have a baby is it best when your body is at its prime, in your early 20's? Or, is it smarter to hold off on conceiving until you're well established in your late 30's or older? Each childbearing age has its advantages and disadvantages, so here are some things to think about if you're wondering how your digits add up when it comes to conception.

Having a baby in your 20's: Women who have children in their 20's find that they have lots of energy for chasing toddlers, and are young enough to remember what it's like to be a child and teenager. Your body is at its most healthy, and you're young enough so that you can avoid many of the risks of genetic defects that come with having a child at a later age.

Money can be an issue for twenty-somethings, who are probably just beginning a career or going to school. If you're recently married, it means you don't have much time to spend one on one with your spouse.

Having a baby in your 30's: A lot of women claim that having children in their 30's was the perfect time for them: they had accomplished their career goals, were at a good place in their marriage, and were financially stable enough to support a baby on one income.

Once you reach 30, your body is changing, and it may be harder for your breasts and stomach to bounce back as easily as if you'd given birth in your 20's. Once you reach 35, your chances of having a baby with a serious genetic abnormality increases dramatically, and you should undergo an amniocentesis (where a thin needled is inserted through your abdomen to take a sample of the amniotic fluid).

Having a baby in your 40's: At this point, you will likely be more financially stable, and more settled than in your 20's and 30's. With the excellent prenatal care and advances in medical technology, pregnancy and birth is a lot safer for 40-ish moms than it was in the past.

You may feel a bit alienated if you have a baby in your 40's, however. You'll be interacting with moms in their early 20's and 30's, and won't have much in common with most of them. Your risk for complications and genetic defects is even higher than it is in your late 30's, so you'll need to go through genetic testing to ensure that your baby isn't affected. Also, keep in mind that when your baby is 20 years old, you'll be in your early 60's at least.

Are you ready for the lifelong commitment that a baby requires? That's a question you need to ask yourself at any age, and you may find there's no perfect time to have a baby but the experience will have its ups and downs no matter what birthday you've just celebrated.

 


 
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