Many women are afraid of being moms over 40 because they listen to the many myths that have become entrenched over the years. Women who choose to become moms over 40 don’t necessarily have to encounter a host of difficulties, nor does motherhood later in life have to be the daunting task some myths have made it out to be. With the proper support and medical attention during your midlife pregnancy, you can enjoy all the benefits of motherhood that other moms over 40 are enjoying.
Dispelling Myths about Midlife Pregnancy and Motherhood It’s important to dispel myths about midlife pregnancy, mostly because you should always know the truth about the journey upon which you are about to embark. You should be fully aware of what lies ahead, so that you will be adequately equipped to face whatever challenges or obstacles lie in the path of your midlife pregnancy. Here are a few of the most common myths and the facts to dispel them.
Myth # 1 Middle Aged Moms Don’t Have the Energy for a Baby
Most women over 35 are fearful of experiencing a midlife pregnancy because they think that they might be overwhelmed by all that a baby demands. While having a newborn baby does involve a lot of work, moms over 40 have a decided advantage over younger ones. All mothers feel overwhelmed from time to time. The difference is, middle aged moms have learned through the years to expend only the energy that they need to at the time and keep the rest in reserve. Also they often have a network of friends and family who can offer support and guidance, something that isn’t always available to newer, younger mothers. Middle aged moms also know the importance of keeping healthy and asking for help.
Myth # 2: It’s Unfair to a Child to Have Older Parents
In truth, there is always the chance that a child will eventually have to care for older parents. With the life expectancy increasing year by year, there is little chance of a child not having to deal with an elderly parent later in life. However, with the advances in modern health and medicine, the quality of life for parents is improving.
Older adults can offer just as much love, support, and guidance as younger parents; sometimes even more so. Plus, if dads and moms over 40 take the time to take care of themselves, they’ll be able to be an integral part of their children’s lives for years to come.
About The Author and Founder of Mom at Last
I’m Sharon Simons. I am a Mom at long Last. When my husband and I could not conceive naturally, we turned to in vitro fertilization. After 3 unsuccessful attempts, it seemed we would never get the opportunity to be parents. Finally, we decided to adopt and, after a couple of trips to Russia, came home with two beautiful baby boys that I would not trade for the world! Read my story and that of others at MomAtLast.com – new moms stories, IVF support and adoption success