Delaying Motherhood is Now Officially Okay

Published Date : Dec 15, 2015

For as long as we have known, doctors and researchers have stated that the fertility of a woman decreases as she ages. Now while that is still true, a new study has shown that delaying motherhood can actually be better for a woman’s health. 

The growing pressures of modern life and increased focus on careers and finance have led many women to put family planning on the back burner. This decision of delaying motherhood has not been easy and the new study offers women like these a ray of hope. 

The research indicates that women who wait until the age of 25 to 35 to have their first child may actually benefit in terms of health. Associate professor of psychology at Ohio State University and lead author of the study Kristi Williams states that compared to women who had their first child in early adulthood, between the ages of 20 and 24, or as a teenager, between the ages of 15 and 19, those women who had their first kid during 25 to 35 years had better health when they turned 40. 

This means that compared to women who waited to have a child when they were over 24 years of age, those who had their first kid as a young adult were worse off in terms of health decades later. 

This also changes the notion that waiting for early adulthood to have a child is better than having one in your teenage years. While the assumption “it is better to wait” might hold true, the question has always been – when is the right time to have a child?

Another point that the research stressed upon was that marital status also had a significant role to play in the midlife health of a mother. According to the study, compared to the women who were unmarried when they had their first child, those who were married had reportedly better health at the age of 40.