A guest blog by Erika McLaughlin, a strategic communications consultant, community advocate, and mom to Andrew, six months.
There are certain realities a woman faces when she has a baby in her late 30s. While as a society we have come a long way in recognizing that women are having babies later in life, this is not nearly as widespread as we would like to believe. The latest data on the average age of women having their first child indicates age 26.3. Not exactly over the hill. I had my son, Andrew, 6 months ago when I was 38.
What comes with having a baby close to 40 are challenges and opportunities that differ in the experiences of a woman having her first child at 26, or in her 20s in general. Besides being referred to as old…or as they call it AMA (advanced maternal age) at every prenatal appointment, we are further along in our careers. Most of us have a more solid financial situation than in our younger years, tend to be more educated, and have often focused on careers, education, volunteerism, or other family obligations before making the decision to have a child.
So when we have children a bit later in life, what happens to the lives we led before baby came along?