You keep hoping that there’s been some sort of mistake–that you will wake up and the last twenty-four hours will have been nothing more than a bizarre dream. But, no, the pregnancy test is sitting at the top of your wastebasket and those two pink lines haven’t faded. You are pregnant and being plagued by one very important question–“Are you too young to have a child?”
There is no magic age when it comes to being emotionally, financially, and physically prepared to become a mother. This is something that you will have to decide for yourself. There are, however, a few points to keep in mind.
In the twenty-first century North American society, the female’s biological makeup appears to be in direct opposition to society’s norms. As Psychology Today‘s “What’s the ‘Best Age’ to have a Baby?” reports, the late teens and early twenties are the best years biologically as the oocytes are fresh and the body’s reproductive and other systems are at a youthful peak, while on the flip side, having a child at age 20 or younger is more likely to happen out of wedlock, more likely to interfere with educational attainment, and more likely to crystallize a disadvantaged status.
No one can say for certain what exactly the optimum age is to have your first child, therefore, you will need to do some serious soul-searching and determine your own readiness.
Motherhood is often said to be the most rewarding role that a woman can experience, but welcoming a baby into your life involves huge changes and sacrifices. Here are just a few.
The truth is that no one can determine your readiness for motherhood but you. So think long and hard and don’t let outsiders sway your decision. After all, you and your unborn child are the only ones who will have to live with your decision.
If you are torn between keeping your child and putting her up for adoption, check out “How Do You Make the Best Choice for Your Child?“
Kimberley Laws is a regular contributor to HowDoYou.com and the author of two blogs, The Embiggens Project and Searching for Barry Weiss. A "Jill of all trades," she is a High School English Teacher and Certified Career Counselor with a background in makeup artistry, retail banking, and graphic design. She is also a scrapbooking, PEZ-collecting, car enthusiast who loves travelling and New York City.
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