Women have babies at all ages. Some women marry and start a family early, others wait until their career is established. Some older mothers say, they wouldn’t have it any other way. They are old enough to really enjoy babies and have indulged in all the frivolities at an earlier age.
When some women are going into menopause, others are having their first baby. A forty something woman can expect to have an uneventful pregnancy and a beautiful healthy baby. While age is a consideration, a woman shouldn’t feel she can’t have a baby at an older age. A woman should have a baby when the time is right for her, not when society sanctions it. The basic advice at any age is, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and limit caffeine. Drinking any alcohol at all is a positive no.
Final weeks of pregnancy (Photo credit: storyvillegirl)
It’s important to have a good support system, if you don’t have family near, don’t be afraid to ask friends. They will be flattered that you have trust in them. Some women are choosing to have a family without a husband, this makes a support system all the more important. Some day cares take young babies and some do not until the child is diaper trained.
In some ways a pregnancy is easier at an older age and other ways it isn’t. As your body ages pregnancy and child birth take a greater toll , but if you have taken good care of yourself, the body will right itself. If you can eat well, exercise and keep the weight down it will be much easier to return to your pre-pregnancy weight. Keep your tummy well oiled during pregnancy to avoid stretch marks. After the birth continue your good health habits. You will have less time but take the baby out and walk. That’s one thing almost everyone can do.
So if you’re over forty and want to have a baby, go for it. At this stage of life, you will enjoy your baby even more than a young mother who still has partying on her mind. You will also have a calmer, happier baby.
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