6 Advantages of Being a Mom at 35
“Grandma-moms”, “tired moms” are what people usually call older moms. But, did you know that they have numerous advantages over young moms? Keep on reading below to discover what they are.
Being a mom at 35 isn’t easy. Over time, society has constructed stigmas around older moms, such as “having less energy,” being “grandma-moms” or “tired moms”.
Only until a few years ago, being a mom after 30 was even considered to be risky. People believed this because of the negative associations between a mother’s age and her baby’s health at birth. However, now we realize that this isn’t the case.
Maternity in later years is a demographic phenomenon that’s rising in developed countries. This trend results from factors such as contraception methods with higher efficiency, gender equality and rising numbers of women pursuing education.
Being a mom at 35 is also linked with economical aspects. For example, women now have a bigger stake in the job market and economical security among other reasons.
According to the 2016 statistics published by the National Institute of Statistics of Spain (INE), the age of pregnancy moved back slightly more than the previous year, with 32.5 years as the average age for conceiving a child.
So then, would you like to be a mom at 35?
Some studies have stated that the safest age range to have children is still from 20 to 35 years of age. However, just short of a year ago, the International Journal of Epidemiology published results of a study on women older than 35 and their children.
The results were surprising. The findings showed that the children whose mothers were between the ages of 35 and 39 scored quite well in tests that measured their verbal cognitive ability. In fact, they had better scores than the children of younger mothers.
However, how were the results different from previous centuries? The differences depended on several factors, such as:
- The children tested were the youngest children in the family. This condition implied that the children received limited attention and care.
- Economic situation. Families with more children often have a lower income and less opportunities. Due to their situation, they didn’t have access to a healthy diet nor health services. As a result, the shortage of resources had a negative impact on development.
So, if you’re nearing 35 and are thinking about being a mom, we recommend that you keep on reading the reasons below so that you can be more confident and informed to make the right decision.
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1. Facing maternity with more maturity
This point doesn’t mean that young moms can’t be mature moms.
However, at 35, a woman is much more aware of the risks of pregnancy. They try harder to take care of themselves and, above all, they think and plan about the possible life changes that are to come.
2. Greater economical stability
Generally speaking, at 35, people have more academic and professional experience, which translates into a more stable income. As a result, parents can provide more time and attention to their children.
3. More experience
If we’re talking about maternity, experience is never enough. Strengths like understanding, empathy, and patience (among others) help moms face the challenges of maternity with a positive mindset.
In addition, the different kinds of experiences that a woman’s had throughout her life will help to serve as a good example for her children.
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4. Emotional stability
With age, we have a better understanding of ourselves, which is a hard thing to grasp in the wake of youth. We learn how to make decisions, accept our mistakes, be resilient and develop more stable relationships.
These foundations enrich the upbringing of and relationships with our children. In fact, it provides them with more emotional stability. That kind of environment offers a healthy psychological surrounding, more security and a better example for children.
5. Raises life expectancy
In various studies, results have shown that women who give birth after 33 are expected to live longer than those who bore their last child at 29.
In other words, there will be more time to enjoy with children, despite the popular opinion that states the contrary.
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6. Healthier lifestyle
People older than 30 are very likely to have a better understanding of their body’s needs. In other words, they are likely to pay more attention to their health. This includes healthy dietary and exercise habits.
You won’t need to change your habits drastically when you decide to have a baby because you already lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
There’s no doubt about it, being a mom at 35 has numerous advantages. However, don’t forget that pregnancy in later years also implies certain risks. So, be sure to talk about it with a medical specialist so that you can know what you need to know for your specific case.
What do you think?