Recently, Janet Jackson announced that she is pregnant at 49. Good for her, I think that’s great but it got me thinking, “until what age would I have kids?”
I had my first child at 30 and I am now pregnant with #4 at 36 and let me tell you, there is a huge difference. I may not be that much older but I am so much more exhausted and it seems like all my symptoms are more exaggerated this time. I used to be a gym rat and I can barely work out now. So would I actually have the stamina to have a baby at 49?
My mom had me at 30 and I always felt like she was so old but now older mothers are common place (but even I rolled my eyes reading about the 72 year old woman in India giving birth). Women are waiting longer to have families and that’s a fact. I guess a lot of it also comes down to fertility. In Janet’s case I am sure she had some help but for most people they probably call it quits when menopause comes knocking.
Would I love to have more kids? Yes.
Are there a million reasons not to? Yes.
But, those aside I have to say that based on the age argument I’d say I’d be tapped out by 40.
I give older moms a tremendous amount of respect because this parenting thing is hard and there is a big difference between 20 and 40.
What do you think? How old were you when you had your first? How old for your last? Any insights are always welcome.
Thanks for reading!