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Having Kids Later In Life

Reasons-To-Wait-For-KidsNo matter what age, the reason for having children is universal!

Although newly wed couples find the next logical step is to start a family, some couples wait for multiple reasons. For mothers who have decided to wait and having a child at or around the age of 40, here are a few tips on how to approach motherhood at a later age.

Being Patient Means Making Other Memories

mature-older-momsDon't let having a child after 35 or 40 get to you. Close your eyes and think of how you enjoyed your twenties and thirties. Those younger years may have been spent staying out late with friends, going on vacations, and making fun memories with the husband before getting bogged down with the craziness that comes with having kids.

Why Mothers Wait to Have a Baby

Statistics do show that women are waiting to start families. Some because they want to finish college and have a career, others because they feel that they will be a better mom when they are more mature. Whatever your reason is, do not think that you have to do this alone. Even if you are married to a great man, sometimes we all need the support of another mom. Someone just like us who understands what we are going through. You can now find support groups for women who are first time moms in their 40s. These can be especially helpful when you feel like you are the only mature older mom in the neighborhood.

Taking Care of Yourself as an Older Mother

Be sure to take care of yourself, whether it is a cold or having your eyes checked, you need to realize that you have to be in great shape for your little one. Even older moms who think they know best don't always do what is best for themselves. Mature older moms have the ability to think ahead, something that only comes with age. Whether it is cooking ahead, rescheduling tasks, working with your husband to make time for each other - you will have a lot to juggle and this can take a toll on you and your family. 

At the end of the day, becoming a mother is never easy at any age. Each woman has her own situation and you should take that into account when you decide to have kids. You'll be bringing new lives into the world so it isn't just you and your man anymore. Are you prepared? If you're ever in need of advice, tips or ideas, head over to our Parenting section

Abby Terlecki

Abby Terlecki

I'm a 20-something professional writer and single gal who thrives on new experiences of all kinds, from exploring a new city and hearing the sounds of a new band to meeting unique people and testing my limits physically. I graduated in Journalism from Ohio University and have made Phoenix, Ariz., my home since 2008. When I'm not writing full-time for an enterprise digital marketing company or sharing my passions with womensforum.com. I love trying new restaurants, playing with my nephews, sweating it out in hot yoga, strength training at my CrossFit gym, and laughing about life with my girlfriends.