Life is often unexpected. You never know when you’ll find the right one, or when you decide that you want babies.
There are certainly risks you have to take if you decide that you want to have a baby after you hit the big 4-0, but not everything is negative about it. In this post, we’ll talk about the benefits about being a mum after 40.
By this time, you are more than capable of handling the emotional weight and difficult decisions of parenting. You would have the knowledge to have done research about motherhood and will be less gullible in falling for the immense marketing power of the parenting industry.
2. Financial stability
You need not worry about how you’ll feed your child, or how to get money for your baby’s diapers. You can also afford the help you need – be it housekeepers, babysitters, physicians, or consultants. If you’ve hit 40, chances are that you’re financially stable and will also be able to give your child a comfortable life. “Children do not kill careers, but the earlier children arrive, the more their mother’s income suffers,” said Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis, to co-author of a research on late motherhood.
3. It won’t affect your professional life
You’ll have spent more than half of your life achieving your professional goals. By this time, most of you would have had a stable career and can afford to spend some time off work for your child. You won’t be wondering ‘what if?’, because by this time you would have the opportunity to pursue higher education, career, personal growth, and self discovery. You know where you stand and are ready to dedicate yourself to your children and embrace motherhood.
4. Life expectancy
This isn’t definite, but research has shown that women who have children later in life tend to have an extended life expectancy. The New England Centenarian Study conducted by Boston University Medical Center found that women who gave birth after 40 were 4 times more likely to live to 100 or longer, compared to women who gave birth at a younger age. Another study in the journal Menopause found that women who had their last child after the age of 33 are more likely to live to 95. Another report published in the American Journal of Public Health also stated that having your first baby after the age of 25 increased the likelihood of you living well into your 90s.
5. Boosted brainpower
Late pregnancies have also been said to protect you against cognitive decline. A research by researchers at University of Southern California found that women have “better brainpower after menopause” if they had their last baby after 35. The research provides strong evidence of “a positive association between later age at last pregnancy and late-life cognition”.
6. Your child is more likely to have a better upbringing
A study in the journal Population and Development Review found that children born to older mothers “stayed in the educational system longer, did better on standardised tests, and were more likely to go to college”, compared to peers who were born to younger mothers. Older mothers are also more likely to use more extensive vocabularies when interacting with their young children, which translates to how their children communicate.