What is the best age to have a baby?

These days, women are choosing to have babies later and later, and this is totally possible thanks to the miracle of modern medicine.

We go to school; next comes Uni and before we know it, we’re working our first job and climbing the corporate ladder with diligent focus. Maybe we’ll get married along the way and at 33 decide it’s time to start a family. Or so it would seem…

…..What is the best age to have a baby?

According to a new survey reported in the Seven Seas Pregnancy whitepaper, an overwhelming majority of respondents claimed 26 to be the perfect age to have your first baby.

Surprising?

Some of the reasons why the mid-twenties choice are: because conception can potentially be a lengthy process (who knows, right) couples wanted to start early; having children at a younger age allows couples to have a bigger family; and being a younger parent will mean that parents have more in common with their children.

But these are all practical, psychological points. What about health?

John Mirowsky, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin, says that biologically speaking, the best time to have a baby is late teens or early twenties. And if one is talking ‘long-term health and mortality of the mother’ in reference to ‘best’, then 34 is the age of choice.

But what about the baby’s health? At what age should a woman be for is health of an infant to be at its optimum? Well, age 26 according to Mirowsky. Although a study based on national data pinned the ‘best age’ at 32.

(To find out more about the studies that led to the aforementioned conclusions, read “What’s the ‘Best Age’ to Have a Baby?”)

So… anyone between the ages of 18 and 34 are at a good age. That gives us a pretty big window of opportunity!

But realistically speaking, ‘best’ is such a relative concept. And even if we do have an ideal ‘I want to be a parent’ age in our heads, chances are life will throw is one of its characteristic curveballs and place a big fat spoke in the wheel of our neat little plan. Not always but certainly often enough. The only thing we can do is plan within reason and expect the unexpected, and have fun along the way!

What so you think is the ‘best’ age to have a baby?

Sources: Mumsnet – “The perfect age to have a baby is 26…” and Psychologytoday.com – “What’s the ‘Best Age’ to Have a Baby?”