Check out any awesome group of mom friends hangin鈥 at a playground and you鈥檙e likely to see an array of ages. Some mamas look like they鈥檙e barely out of high school (okay, there鈥檚 a lot to be said for a super-fantastic skincare routine), while others seem more seasoned. There鈥檚 nothing wrong with planning聽a baby at 22 鈥 or 42, for that matter 鈥 but the age range of first-time mamas spans decades and technology like freezing eggs聽is constantly expanding our options. If there can be a best age to get married, wondering which age is the 鈥渂est鈥 to have a child is perfectly normal. Younger mom, older mom 鈥 each has its pros and cons. And we鈥檙e going to share them with you!


1. Biology: A women鈥檚 fertility peaks in her 20s, with the probability of conception dropping at the age of 31. Over time, the quality of a woman鈥檚 eggs deteriorates, so women in their 20s are also less likely to have miscarriages or babies with genetic abnormalities.聽There are exceptions, naturally 鈥 case in point: Janet Jackson, who gave birth to a healthy baby boy at the age of 50 earlier this year.

2. Abundant Energy: Take yourself back in time and remember being聽six years old: You probably had endless amounts of energy. When you think about how much stamina you have now, it鈥檚 probably a lot less 鈥 and it will only decline over the years. Chasing your toddler around at 25 may be a bit less harsh on your body than running after a two-year-old when you鈥檙e 40-plus.


1. Longer Life: Recent data from the Long Life Family Study shows that older moms may actually live longer. Whoa! Yep, you read that right. The research suggests聽that women who have their last child after age 33 (and yes, we know, 33 is hardly putting you in the AARP category) may live longer than those who had their children at younger ages.

2. Money in the Bank: Unless you hit on a mega-successful start-up right after college, chances are that your 20s are all about building the foundation of your career. You鈥檙e probably someone鈥檚 assistant, and the pay isn鈥檛 exactly filling your bank account 鈥 not to mention the student loans you鈥檙e paying off and all of the money-sucks you鈥檙e taking on as an independent adult (car payments, rent, insurance). Add the cost of raising a kid聽to the mix, and you鈥檒l feel the pinch even more. A decade (or more) in the future, you may be more financially secure.


1. Time Spent: You鈥檙e making your way up the ranks at work, when, boom, you find out you鈥檙e preggo! You (or your partner) could聽quit聽and聽put that career on hold indefinitely, or you could come back after your maternity聽leave and spend a sizable chunk of your salary on daycare. So you don鈥檛 have a major amount of time right now: Fast-forward 10 years to when you鈥檙e the boss. Um, you still don鈥檛 have all the time in the world to spend with your tot. Looks like your age聽doesn鈥檛 much matter when it comes to work-life balance. Either way, you鈥檙e going to have to make concessions (whether financial or on personal time spent). But don鈥檛 stress too much just yet 鈥 millions of moms literally 鈥渕ake it work鈥 with part-time or full-time jobs outside the home.

2. You鈥檙e You: You鈥檒l hear all kinds of arguments for being an older mom or a younger one. Someone will imply that at 23 you aren鈥檛 mature enough to become a mother, and then another person will suggest that at 43 you鈥檇 be the oldest mom on the PTA bake sale committee. Here鈥檚 the thing: You are you. You鈥檙e not some hypothetical version of a young woman聽in her 20s聽or a fictional 45-year-old. Yeah, there are some realities of age (such as biology or your career point), but then there are generalizations, which may or may not apply to you. Some 22-year-olds have lives more stable than聽women twice their age, and some 40-somethings feel perfectly at home friending women a generation younger.

Would you rather be 鈥 or are you already 鈥 an older mom or a younger one?聽Tweet us your thoughts and experiences聽@BritandCo!

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