Why One Expert Thinks You Should Get Pregnant By 25
There's a lot of business advice floating out around there for women, but one piece of career advice might surprise you: the advice for women to get pregnant immediately after college graduation.
A doctor from Midland Fertility Clinic in the United Kingdom recently offered up her advice for professional woman to try to aim to get pregnant right at the age of 25. “Age 25 is exactly the time when today’s young women have left university, are trying to get off on a good career, trying to pay back their student loans, trying to find someone who wants to have babies with them and trying to get on the housing ladder,” she said. “They shouldn’t leave it much later than graduation.”
She warned that women often aren't aware of their fertility and the reality of trying to start a family later in life, which is somewhat valid, although reports have recently stated that it's not as dire as “turn 35 and never have a baby” like we used to think.
But still, it's something to consider in the age of women “having it all,” because fertility is a real issue to think about.
Honestly, I can kind of see where this “expert” is coming from, having had my children in my twenties. I had my first daughter only a week after my college graduation and although it might seem crazy, the arrangement definitely had its perks. I was able to have an unofficial maternity leave before starting my first real job at six weeks postpartum and being pregnant during school left me a very flexible schedule for doctor's appointments and rest.
And then, when my daughter got a bit older, I found that having her really motivated to help me choose a career that I loved. And because I was both a young employee and a young mother, I didn't feel “locked in” to a certain career path. I knew I had more flexibility to build a career I loved along the way. So I definitely see the advantages to starting a family early, knowing that there is more time–and biological advantage–to do both.
But life isn't perfect and of course we don't always get to choose the perfect plan to parenthood. That being said, I think there definitely is some value in educating women on their reproductive choices and reminding them that early parenthood is a valid choice, and maybe even one that could actually help their career.
What do you think? Should women consider having kids early as a good career move?