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7 Benefits Of Having A Baby In Your 40s

7 Benefits Of Having A Baby In Your 40s

21 Mar 2022 | 5 min Read

Reema Shah

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As women get older the number of eggs women have, decreases, making pregnancy over 35 difficult, as it comes with some additional risks. Risks such as complications like diabetes or hypertension or chromosomal abnormalities for the baby. 

But the good news is, sometimes the benefits of having a baby later in life, like your 40s, can outweigh all those complications. It can outweigh having children when you’re younger in your 20s or 30s. Here’s why:

Benefits of Having a Baby in Your 40s 

While it’s a good idea to consult your doctor about your pregnancy plans and your health-related to it, there are some benefits of having a baby in your 40s.

1. Health benefits

Delaying pregnancy can have a few outcomes that can help develop a woman’s psychological and physical well being. Pregnancy at age 40 has its own perks. Post-pregnancy anxiety or postpartum depression is also reduced as there is a better understanding of the partner. You get support from them and there is less stress.

Instead of being a mother at an early stage in life where you are not very comfortable and sure of how things will turn out, you can do it in your 40s. Having a baby needs you to be mentally happy and prepared just as much as the physical aspect. 

2. Maturity:

With age comes an undoubted sense of maturity and that plays a vital role in being a better parent.

Women who have babies in their 40s are usually more mature to handle situations and at solving problems, as compared to women who have babies in their 20s. They are more mature to set boundaries with their children and are better able to handle tantrums etc. leading to fewer social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties in children.

3. Career stability:

Women who give birth in their 40s tend to have a stable career which lets them balance their work and life better / Image credit  – Pexels

In your 40s there is generally career stability that has been achieved, thus firstly affording a higher medical cost is easy. There can be the possibility of taking a longer parental leave. Hence, the mother has less pressure and can spend more time bonding with her newborn. 

Younger mums are still on the road to building their careers and may find it difficult to take up the financial responsibility of having a baby. While if you have a baby in your 40s you are better settled in your career and also financially more secure to provide for your child.

Besides that, having a baby is the best when there is clarity and balance in your life. A mother who constantly worries about financial crunch will affect her as well as the baby’s well being.

4. Emotionally Stable:

Pregnancy at 40s can be more fulfilling for the mother as she has achieved certain milestones in life / Image credit – Pexels

Pregnancy in the 40s is less stressful as women have experienced life more. There are a lot of things that anyone wishes for in life and gets busy or in the race of wanting to have them all. This is common in the 20s where life is just picking up. 

But by the 40s, you get many things done off your bucket wish list. Be it travelling, a career or a passion that you wished to explore, you are able to do at least some of them if not all.

You are not tied up in the constant juggling or hustling that keeps you on your toes. Stability tends to kick into your life and now you are ready to prioritise the joy of motherhood wholeheartedly.

5. Healthy habits:

At 40s women value healthy lifestyle and discipline which is good for pregnancy / Image credit – Pexels

At a younger age, when your career is just taking off and you are busy devoting yourself to it, health may not be your priority. But getting pregnant at 40s is when you understand the importance of physical well being and implement healthy habits. 

You are aware of the common health issues and proactively take care of yourself to reduce complications in pregnancy.

Getting pregnant in your 40s can be risky and have health concerns and issues. But with the awareness of your physical health, you know what will suit you, and what will not. You will be more careful than women who conceive at a younger age.

6. Smarter babies

In their 40s, mothers have built a socio-economic status for themselves. They are emotionally mature and have experienced life so much more. They have better knowledge and take on things. 

She can actively guide her children in their education and knows the appropriate resources to get hold of. With her being able to dedicate time and her learnings, it leads to the child learning more and thus getting more intelligent.

7. New adventures in your 40s

Last but not the least, you will get to experience the little joys of childhood all over again just when life starts to feel a little stale at 40 and as you age. It’s like getting a new lease of life. 

While you may want to weigh the pros and cons before making a final decision to have a baby in your 40s, remember it’s never too late to experience the joys of motherhood.

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