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Survey Finds That Moms Say Having Baby Younger Is Better

Does the age of a mother matter? A new working moms survey conducted by our friends over at The Bump and ForbesWoman had some rather interesting results when questions about age and motherhood were posed. Here are some of the highlights:

  • 76 percent of respondents feel that the "sweet spot" for a working woman to have or adopt her first baby is between ages 25 and 34. And 42 percent thought that 25 to 29 was the best time.
  • 82 percent of moms who had their first child from 25 to 29 were content with the timing of their first child — the most of any group
  • 35 percent of moms who had their first child at 30 to 34 wish they had their child at a younger age.
  • 57 percent of moms who had their first child at 35 to 39 wish they had their child at a younger age.

How old were you when you became a mom and was it your ideal age?

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 4 years
Having a baby can be complicated. I live here in the USA where if you choose to have a career, you may risk losing out on marriage and family. They will work you to the bone here with two or three weeks vacation a year with 6 weeks maternity leave. I was 34 with my first baby, becuase I didn't get married until I was 31. I graduated college at 23 and started full time work after that. So from around 23 to 30 I worked, dated and lived alone. However no marraige - not until 31. I don't really regret having a child at 34, becuase I was in extremely good shape for my age, but earlier would have been a lot better. There are many risks at that age which you find out in the doctors office. I blame my late pregnancy on the working environment here. I am a designer and I honestly say that so many of the designers and artisits I knew and worked with never had a children, some never married. They were all working for the next dollar. The pay check on Friday. The next promotion. They lost sight of what life's about in my opinion, and losing sight of balance. Anyway I tried to have it all, baby and career, thank God bcause careers can end. Helath can end. Life can throw curve balls. I was tired, more tired than someone in their twenties for sure. I took naps, I slept. But, at least I was ready mentally and financially. My son was brought into a kind nurturing environment. Sometimes I observe a lot of young moms acting with selfish, even cruel behavoir because perhaps babies came on too early. Overall, if I could have had a choice though, mid twenties would have been nice.
Deidre Deidre 5 years
I echo that you have to go with what's right for yourself -- factoring in your relationship with the father, your career, your willingness to start giving up a lot of personal freedom to place someone's else's needs above your own. It's a different timeline for a lot of people. I'm 28 and giving birth to my first in 3 months. The timing is great for me and my husband on a personal and financial level. We are definitely one of the very first of our friends to have a kid (or be married for that matter!)...so I'll be excited when some of my friends get to this point in a couple of years and they'll be able to commiserate.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I had my baby at 26, and it was a shock, even though she was planned. It changes EVERYTHING. There are still times (at 28, with a 2-year-old) that I wonder who let me be a responsible adult and a mom! Shouldn't there be some kind of a test? But, to answer the question, I think the timing was about as right as it could have been. Even if I waited until I was 40 to have a kid, I think I'd still have my moments of surprise and "What have I gotten myself into?!"
miss-leanne miss-leanne 5 years
I'll be having my little one shortly before my 22nd birthday. I guess as far as maturity goes, it depends on the person, but I'm very ready. I guess being married for 3 and a half years and a ton of deployments with my husband's military lifestyle have helped me get to this point. I don't have the same problem as starbucks, since having children at a young age is common in the military community, so I guess that helps. Now from a physical standpoint.. I'm thrilled! I'm 30 weeks pregnant and feel wonderful, and still in great shape, considering the circumstances. Hopefully the high energy keeps up when I have a little one to chase around.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
I was 21 and I am with Star. In the area I live in the median age for having your first child is 35. I was 21 and felt out of place. I don't really care anymore, because now that I'm 26 many of my friends have had kids. I got pregnant because Ortho Tri Cyclin didn't do the job for me! Never missed a dose, and still got pregnant.
jenni5 jenni5 5 years
I was 28, so very ideal for me and my husband.
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
I was 22 (now 23) and the biggest problem with being a young mother is that there are very few girls my age with kids. None of my friends have kids yet. Other than that, I think being a young mom is pretty cool. I don't think there's an ideal age though. Everyone is different and if you don't feel like reproducing until you're in your 40's, I think that's completely okay, too.
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