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Age 'not a deciding factor' in motherhood

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, June 23, 2008 | 0 comments

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Age 'not a deciding factor' in motherhoodIt is lifestyle and health which are the deciding factors in whether to raise a child, it has been claimed.

Fit Pregnancy magazine stated that for many women, age is no longer an issue when it comes to choosing when to have a baby, but whether they have the strength, energy and health levels to cope is.

Mothers of varying ages spoke to the publication about their decision to have a baby earlier or later in life.

Shelley Promisel-Ryan explained that she delayed having her child until she was 43 because she wanted to give her career 21 years but then cut down her hours to spend time with her baby.

However, 27-year-old Heather Brown claimed she wanted to have her first child at 20 so that she can start her career when her son is 15.

The magazine concluded: "Neither the youthful 20s nor the wisdom refined from 40 years of life changes the rules - regardless of the joy that children bring, all mothers are tired and physically worn."

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