There is no perfect time to have a child because you are never prepared for it. While many agree to it, there are also those who consider giving priorities to themselves, be it career goals or life goals. Most of the times, it is the women who have a lot to worry about.
The ticking biological clock offers a monthly alarm system that indirectly points out that ‘make babies before it gets too late.’ It is true that fertility in women reaches its peak by the time they are in their early twenties. Women under the age of 19-26 are twice likely to get pregnant as compared to women aged between 35-39 years.1
After the age of 30, the frequency of ovulation reduces making it difficult to conceive. The age factor also causes the risk of miscarriages and pregnancy complications. While it is not just the reproductive system that receives a setback, other problems like diabetes and high blood pressure in the later years can add to the complications.
Becoming a mother in your early 20s is equally perfect. Though it may cross your mind whether you will have enough savings by that time to support your family. There may be times where you will be living paycheck-to-paycheck and be prudent in your financial management.
However, the truth is, your child won’t need all those overpriced accessories and possessions that you think you should have in your house once your baby arrives. Your baby needs you and your love and care, more than anything else to grow up to be happy and healthy.
It does to a greater extent affect the career choices that you make at that time. Various companies prefer to offer a job to women who are fine with having flexible work schedule and long working hours if the need arises. Many companies who offer 12 weeks of unpaid maternity only make it eligible for those who have been working at the firm for more than a year.
No one comes prepared to have a baby without an iota of doubts and fear. Eventually, all parents learn from their experiences. Once the baby has arrived sacrifice becomes apart of parenting irrespective of the age you plan to become a mother or father. There are certain unavoidable circumstances and you just have to play your part of being a parent, which can mean giving up on your sleep, peace of mind, work, or a good time with friends.
All this won’t be difficult once your little one arrives. Your baby is going to fill your life will love and laughter. Becoming a parent is something that you will not regret once your bundle of joy comes running into your arm for a quick cuddle.
|↑1||Dunson, David B., Bernardo Colombo, and Donna D. Baird. “Changes with age in the level and duration of fertility in the menstrual cycle.” Human reproduction 17, no. 5 (2002): 1399-1403.|
|↑2||Working while pregnant is much more common than it used to be. Pew Research Center|