The Pros and Cons of Being an Older Parent

Today more women than ever before are making the conscious choice to wait until they’re older to have children. Whether it’s because they don’t feel emotionally or financially ready, they want to be more established in their career or they just want to see the world before they settle down, statistics show that nearly 20% of women are choosing to wait until after the age of 35 to have a baby.

You might think that younger is better when it comes to parenting, but there are actually many benefits that come with being an older parent. Of course, there are a few detractors as well. Here are 14 pros and cons of being an older parent.

Pro – Older women do have healthy babies

It’s a common misconception that older mothers are more likely to give birth to unhealthy children, but this isn’t necessarily true. While older mothers do have a slightly increased risk of having babies with Down syndrome, it’s also been found that older mothers are up to 40% less likely to have children with non-chromosomal deformities, known as major congenital malformations. Older women are also more likely to have planned pregnancies, meaning that they eat better and avoid alcohol while trying to conceive, as opposed to younger mothers who often don’t know to make these changes until they are several weeks along.

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Pro – More financially secure

While children are certainly a blessing, they’re also an expense. It’s estimated that most parents will end up spending almost $245,000 on their children before they turn 18. One advantage that comes with being an older parent is that with age comes financial security. Older parents are generally more established in their careers, receive higher salaries, are in less debt, are more likely to own their homes, and have more savings squirrelled away than their younger counterparts.

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