Is there a best age to have a child? Ask any parent and you’ll likely be told something along the lines of “You’re never completely prepared.” According to science, though, there is an optimal timeframe for childbirth.
Optimal Health And Achievement In Your Thirties
A study led by University of Texas sociologist John Mirowsky recently found that the best time for women to become pregnant rests at 34 years of age. According to Dr. Mirowsky’s findings, a woman’s body in her mid-thirties is at its optimal health for preparing and carrying a healthy baby.
Other factors add to this outcome, too. Women in their mid-30s are probably in a stable relationship and more likely to have accomplished their financial and career goals. They’re more likely to have an ideal amount of energy and vitality, and they’re also plenty mature enough to effectively raise a new person.
It’s important to note that Dr. Mirowsky’s findings don’t translate into young pregnancies being dangerous or unhealthy. After interviewing just short of 2,000 mothers—1,890 to be exact—he wrote that women in their 20s can “reasonably expect optimal health outcomes from delaying motherhood into their thirties.”
Early Pregnancy Is Just Biologically Best
“A woman who had her first child at 34 is likely to be, in health terms, 14 years younger than a woman who gave birth at 18,” Dr. Mirowsky told the Daily Mail.
In terms of biology, the late teens and early 20s are “best” if fresh eggs and a young reproductive system are the most important things for a pregnancy—which they aren’t. Early pregnancies in today’s society often make for difficulties. Dr. Mirowsky wrote that pregnancy at age 20 or younger is “more likely to happen out of wedlock, more likely to interfere with educational attainment, and more likely to crystallize a disadvantaged status.”