Postponing motherhood can sometimes be a little nerve-racking. Doctors will bring up that you’ve reached “advanced maternal age,” and inform you of your risks for infertility. There are other ways in which you may be at greater risk to develop some health problems, including:
- Chromosomal birth defects
- Gestational diabetes
However, while these greater risks may exist for older mothers, the majority of births turn out well. And each year, more and more women are having children later in life.
This is because there are also a number of benefits associated with waiting. Some of the biggest advantages of waiting until 35 and older, include:
Financial stability—Women around this age range tend to be more financially stable than women in their 20s. After all, one of the reasons women are waiting longer to have children is that more women are going to college and entering the workforce than ever before.
Lasting relationships—Women in their 30s are more likely to be in a long-term, stable relationship. This often leads to greater household income, easier child care and greater stability in the child’s life.
Health consciousness—There’s a reason 20-somethings tend to have a bad reputation when it comes to seeking out health care and getting frequent checkups. Older mothers are more likely to have a relationship with a primary care doctor who can refer them to excellent obstetricians and pediatricians.
Better hours—Assuming they spent their 20s and early 30s working, older mothers may have earned more vacation days and the ability to work a more flexible day-to-day schedule. These perks open up more time to be with children.
While there may be additional risks associated with becoming pregnant at a later stage in life, many women are finding that it’s the best option for them. After all, while the 20s and early 30s may be the best time from a medical standpoint, they may not be the best financially, physically or emotionally.