A recent Gallup poll revealed that when asked what age should women start having children, the most common answer was 25-years-old.
The response could be, in part, because this is the age when most people become more financially stable and are winding down their party years, but the actually ideal age for starting a family may shock you.
According to Gallup, some medical experts say the best age for a woman to have a child is in her late teens or early 20s because that is the ideal age range to conceive a healthy baby.
While in some less-developed countries teen (wedded) mothers are a common practice, some felt age is not a factor to have a child and even view conceiving a child very young in life is against women’s rights.
Contradicting from current Western thinking, which base the â€œreadinessâ€ age on financial stability, marital status and maturity level.
However,Â according to John Mirowsky, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin, the biological “best age” for a baby is clearly out of step, then, with what might be the sociological “best age.” Â Many twentysomethings consider themselves way too scattered and irresponsible to have a child.
As Mirowsky put it, “Humans mature reproductively about a decade before Americans mature socially.”
In a study he conducted with 1890 mothers, definition of the “best age” in terms of the longest life expectancy for the mother, the optimum age is oldest of all, which is 34.
While having a first baby at age 34 might be fine, this other study suggests, what’s even more fine is to have a last baby before age 35. So no fret, more time then for the rest of us!
Text: SARA KHALID