First of all, NO, I’m not pregnant…I just joined the group to comment on this post! Haha!
Secondly, I not sure yet whether the trend is good or bad, but I’m not at all surprised. Most of my friends and family my age are having children now (late 20s, early 30s) or choosing to not have children at all! Our mothers, on the other hand, were having us in their early to mid 20s. And don’t even get me started on our grandmothers and great-grandmothers… I’m sure schooling and establishing a career does have something to do with the trend.
I would think that biologically, this trend is probably a bad thing. I’m not a medical professional, but from what I’ve read, I believe our bodies are better able to recover from childbirth in our late teens/early 20s. There are also a number of potential risks and birth complications that increase with age. The older we get, the riskier it is. It seems like families are getting smaller and smaller now, too. Possibly because we’re choosing to have children later in life. My grandmother was the oldest of 7 children. My mom and I were both 1 of 3 children, and I just had my first child when I was 28 (my mom had all 3 of us by that age)!
Totally not pregnant either, but thought this article was interesting and wanted to comment. 🙂 I completely agree that women these days are waiting longer to have children. Maybe its because times have changed and women today are continuing on to higher education and often hold prominent positions in the workforce. Many of my friends also say that they are waiting until they are financially ready. I wanted to have children young because that’s what my husband and I felt was right for us, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for others. I’m open to parents of all ages and leave the decision of when to begin a family up to the parents. Most women know the risk involved in waiting until they are older to become pregnant, but if that is a risk they are willing to take then I feel thats totally up to them.