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Delaying Family for Career

Did You Baby Your Career and Then Have Children?

There's no perfect time to start a family, but some points in a woman's life may be better than others. Though 60 percent of LilSugar readers would hold off on pregnancy if they knew their egg supply would remain healthy, a new study suggests delaying childbearing will help women become more financially stable later on.

Looking at 35 years of statistics, researchers at the University of Maryland and UCLA found that mamas who waited until at least age 26 to start a family, will see the benefits of their education and job experience for decades to come. In fact, by waiting until her late 20s to start a family – rather than having a baby right out of school – a mama will not experience the "motherhood penalty" that often affects working moms who receive less pay for doing the same job as their childless counterparts.

Did you hold off on starting a family in order focus on your career?

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MissSushi MissSushi 5 years
lol i love that movie btw.. makes me want to go can some apple sauce..
MissSushi MissSushi 5 years
I chose to have a family before establishing a career, but it could easily have gone another way. If i hadn't met my husband at 19, i would have gone to college and continued on. I knew i wanted children as young as possible, but that wouldn't have happened without a compatible partner and a stable relationship.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
i'm 27, building my career, and i hope to marry the man of my dreams next year and then babies shortly after (so around 29-30), so i will have a base definitely built here at work before i start a family i didn't plan it this way necessarily..i graduated when i was 23, then got a job, and didn't meet my main squeeze until i was 25, but i do like the way it's working out!!
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
No, baby girl was a little surprise. I am still in school. I was planning on working on my career first (I was always a little sad that I would not be able to have children before my early 30's)...it's definitely harder this way but I wouldn't change a thing.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Nope. My girl was born when I was 20. I've spent the past five years working retail-hell and focusing on her, now I'll spend the next few years in college & getting a career established, and if all goes as planned, I'll be settled in by her teen years.
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