BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Times have changed and so did society and the way we see life and compared to the past, US women become mothers at an older age.
Although there have been discussions lately about young people not receiving a good sexual education, it seems that things are somehow getting better and the average age of women who are giving birth for the first time is a lot higher than it was 40 years ago.
The reason is not only because less teenagers are getting pregnant, but also because many women are becoming mothers at an older age. For example, in the 1970s, the average age of first-time mothers was 21. Although, of course, they didn’t receive the same sexual education girls nowadays do, they also had a different lifestyle. Many of them got married at a young age and only after that did they get a job, while some stayed at home to care for the children.
On the other hand, women today tend to be more independent and career-focused. More women are going into higher-education. They graduate from college and after that they find a job. Some even go to grad-school so by the time they finish their studies they are about 25 years old.
Then they get a job and start to build a career. Unlike women in the 70s who used to get a job and stick to it, without necessarily wanting to build a career, women nowadays are a lot pickier and before they commit to marriage or to having a child, they want to feel professionally accomplished and financially stable.
And by the time they get to be financially stable and have a successful career they are at least, on average, 35 years old. Only after that do they consider starting a family.
Coming back to sexual education, we now have, besides information, also many birth control resources, some of which were not available, or at least not so spread back in the day. Besides using condoms, a woman can now take control over how and when she becomes a mother. This thing is no longer something that simply happens, but on the contrary, it can be planned to the tiniest details.
However, women who wait longer to become mothers could have trouble with their pregnancy as complications might occur. Therefore, it is advised that they consult a gynecologist at least once or twice a year.
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