Pros and Cons of Having a Baby in Your 40s

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Pros and Cons of Having a Baby in Your 40s

Most people in their 40s are preparing to let their children fly the nest. Just because you didn’t choose to have a baby earlier on in life doesn’t mean it’s too late. In fact, there are a few benefits you’ll experience if you have one now. There are obviously a couple of negatives you should be aware of, too. Try not to rush into anything until you’ve weighed up the pros and cons of having a baby in your 40s. We’ll take a quick look at a few of each to help you out.

Con: There Is A Higher Risk Of Miscarriage

When you decide to have a baby in your 40s you have to understand there is a higher risk of miscarriage. Luckily it’s not your chronological age that counts the most. Your biological age will play a much bigger role in the equation, so if you’re healthy it boosts your chances of success. No matter how healthy you are it’s still important to understand things could turn sour. It will be much easier to handle any terrible news if you’re mentally prepared for it. If you want a baby start trying to improve your health now.

Pro: You’ll Be More Financially Secure

If you have a child in your teens or twenties it’s extremely tough to survive financially. You’ll be trying to raise a child while crawling up the career ladder at the same time. It’s only in your thirties everything will begin to come together. You want to have a baby in your 40s, so you’ll have a lot more disposable income. It will save you an enormous amount of stress. You should also be at a point in your career where you’ll be able to put your future child first at all times.

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Con: It Can Cause A Strain On Your Heart

Think about all the strain you’ll go through running a marathon. If you’re older it’s going to have a bigger impact on your body. The same can be said for anyone who is pregnant. You’re actually twice as likely to suffer from complications like preeclampsia in your 40s, which can be brought on directly from being pregnant. Also, it can speed up any preexisting heart conditions you wouldn’t have experienced so soon. Being as healthy as possible before you conceive will help with this too.

Pro: You’ll Get To Make Lots Of New Friends

You’ll spend less time with your old friends when you have a baby later on in life unless they’ve decided to go down the same path. When your child is growing up you’ll have to hang out with other moms who will probably be a lot younger than you. You’ll feel like the oldest one in the crowd, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If they’re nice people you’ll enjoy having new friends. The only downside is that some people you’ve known a long time will slowly disappear from your life.

Con: You Will Have To Make Some Sacrifices

We’ve already said you’ll have more disposable income when you’re in your 40s, but a lot of people use this for other things. Travel is perhaps the most popular activity you can do once your kids have left home. You’ll be a lot more limited in what you can do if you have a baby. This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do exciting things like travel the world. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to buy the fancy yacht you had your eye on. It’s not like you’ll care when your baby is in your arms.

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Pro: It Will Give You A New Lease Of Life

Life can sometimes feel a little stale when you begin to age. You forget about all the joys you experienced during your childhood. Once you have a baby you’ll get to experience them all again. Christmas will become a hundred times more exciting when you have a child. Easter, Halloween, and other holidays will be great too. You’ll also love driving your child around if they play sports. The fact you’re thinking about having a baby now proves you’re looking for a new lease of life.

There is no right or wrong answer

When you’re trying to decide whether or not to have a baby there is no right or wrong answer. You’ll just have to weigh up the pros and cons before coming to a final decision for you. Don’t be afraid to attempt to get pregnant if it’s what you really want.

About the Author /

Jelena is a writer, mom and wife. She is currently working as a writer at BabyGlimpse. In her free time she loves blogging about parenting and travel.

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