desire for a child, Family Planning, Fertility

Late mothers – the biological clock is ticking

Late mothers - the biological clock is ticking

Late Maternity

The life planning of a lot of women first includes finishing school, an apprenticeship or a degree and then financial independence and confirmation through a career. Marriage as a financial security has long had its day and children are not the only guarantee for a fulfilling life for women. Female academics in particular only take the step of starting a family with children relatively late. Many women only make the decision to have a child when they have achieved success in their professional lives and have found the right partner. Up to this point, procrastination works, but the biological clock is ticking.

From a certain age, many women feel that what has been achieved cannot be everything. There must be more. And they realize that the perfect life they imagine includes children. The advantage of a late pregnancy is obvious: the mothers are usually financially independent, have professional experience and only approach the topic of children after careful consideration and with the necessary emotional maturity. However, the disadvantages cannot be dismissed either. From the age of 30, the probability of having a child begins to decrease. From about 40 years, almost every third pregnant woman has a miscarriage. However, the women who manage to carry the child usually experience a completely normal pregnancy without major complications. However, the risk of certain diseases now increases significantly. Not every pregnancy after the age of 35 is therefore a high-risk pregnancy. A number of factors play a role, such as tobacco and alcohol consumption or the family history of the expectant mother.

Note: “Late mothers” will find some helpful tips and lots of information about baby care in our baby guide .


Patience is often needed to become a mother at 40

Around the age of 25, eight out of ten women will become pregnant in the first year. Unfortunately, older women rarely have this luck. If a woman decides to have a child and is already older than forty, time is short. Because although the average life expectancy of women is increasing, the menopause at around 50 years of age remains the same as before. Before that, there is a period of irregular cycles and periods of infertility. If it doesn’t work, then the time of ovulation can be determined with the help of an ovulation test and the morning urine and thus the chance of becoming pregnant. The gynecologists are also able to influence the menstrual cycle with prescription hormones.
Not every pregnant woman giving birth later has to undergo a caesarean section after the baby has been born successfully . If mother and child are healthy, everything speaks for a completely normal spontaneous birth. Although it may be gentler on the baby than experiencing the hardships of birth, for the mother it is an operation with all sorts of risks of complications, such as inflammation, problems with subsequent pregnancies, or side effects of the anesthesia.

Putting aside the emotional maturity, positivity, serenity, and financial security that late motherhood often brings, the exertion is a different story altogether. Children are hard work and cost a lot of energy. What a mother in her early twenties puts up with can be a strain for a mother in her forties. The thought that the mother will already be retired when the child graduates from high school can be a burden not only for the parents but also for the child. Can an elderly mother keep up with the needs of a pubescent teenager and give him what he or she needs? Are there siblings in the case of late mothers or do the children grow up like many other children of older mothers as an only child and are too spoiled and dependent due to the importance of being an only child? There is a pro and con for everything. However, every woman has to decide for herself whether to prioritize health and good nerves as a young mother or career and security as a late mother. As long as the child is loved and well taken care of, the rest is probably secondary.
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