Being a mother is a gift that is mind boggling to any woman who does not have a child in her life. It is a relation that is incomparable and overwhelming in any form or other associations. It is a love that continuously grows, a love that always wants much more and better. Being a mother means much more than just having given birth to a baby.
It is about loving and knowing a child before you even see it. It is about holding on and caring for a life completely reliant on you for its very existence. It is about providing oxygen to the lungs that are nurtured within you.
And sight to the eyes that will never see you as anything other than a mother. It is about making them learn how to talk. It is about seeing them start crawling, to taking their first step and finally watching them run, strong and happy.
It is about making them get up early for school so they could one day become ready to face the challenges of this world. It is about making them ready for the ups and downs of life and lifting them up when they fall. It is about teaching them that they are intelligent, proficient, funny and giving them the confidence to do great things. It is about building their self-confidence, supporting their ideas and loving them completely.
Motherhood is truly beautiful but whenever a woman is pregnant, she is vulnerable to many health problems. For a very long time, scientists have been researching the perfect age when a woman should conceive babies. Scientists and doctors in the UK believe that ages 20 to 35 are the best for a woman to have a child.
They insist that this should be taught in schools along with the severe health issues of teenage pregnancies to raise awareness even at the grass root level. Teenage pregnancy can be lethal for both mother and child.
This is the reason that doctors suggest particularly against it. Similarly, getting pregnant at a very old age is, like 40 and above, can also become very dangerous for both mother and child.
Doctors say that twenties are the best ages for having children. This is because in these ages oocytes, or ovary cells, are fresh and the body’s reproductive and other systems are at a youthful peak.
Women who are in their twenties also have a very good immune system so they are less likely to have any chronic health issues that would put them or their babies at risk. These women have the lowest rates of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infertility.
Nevertheless, there are thousands of doctors around the world that have researched to find the best age for women to get pregnant. Unfortunately, these doctors have come to different conclusions.
This is why it is very difficult to point out the best age for motherhood. Some doctors say that 26 is the perfect age for getting pregnant for the very first time in terms of lowest rates of birth defects. Another study concluded that the best rate of overall infant mortality is achieved at the age of 32.
Perfect age could also be defined as the best outcome of the mother’s long-term health. A survey was conducted involving women of mostly older ages. It concluded that most women, with fewest physical problems, had their first baby at an average age of 29.
Those women, who reported the overall best health, had their first child at an average age of 30. Women with least chronic diseases, pains, and aches, had their first baby at the age of 34. Compiling the whole data of this survey, we can confidently say that the optimal age for first pregnancy, in terms of overall health of the mother and the baby, comes out to be 31 years. It is said that women who have their first child at the age of 34 looks 14 years younger to women who conceive at the age of 18 years.
Studies show that while arguably the optimal age for pregnancy is 31; getting pregnant after the age of 35 creates many complications for both mother and the child. It is therefore highly recommended by the doctors to have the last baby at the age of 35, and not older than that. A study was conducted between women who had babies after the age of 35 and the ones who had their last baby at that age.
The study showed that women conceiving after being 35 years old became much more prone to different problems. These include higher systolic blood pressure, very high blood sugar, poor mobility later in life, and poor physical health conditions assessed by the doctors, as compared to women who had their last baby at the age of 35 years.
Consequently, studies have also shown that women conceiving at or after 35 years become mentally much more sharp as compared to women conceiving at a relatively younger age. However, the child’s mental and physical health remains vulnerable. Much older women, like 40 years and onwards, are likely to face a lot more health complications. These include very high risk of stillbirth, miscarriage, cancer, caesarean or requiring assisted delivery, heart attack during pregnancy, and baby affected by Down’s syndrome.
Pregnancy can be a complicated thing at any age and time. Planning when to have your baby is not as simple as one could think. Pregnancy should be planned properly, and it is best to consult your doctor first to make sure that you are currently healthy enough to conceive and go through a comfortable pregnancy without any major or minor health issues.