I remember reading somewhere that the physically ideal age to get pregnant is in your early to mid-twenties. The study talked about how a woman's body is prime to handle the physical demand at that time. The study made sure to talk about only the physical aspects and didn't discuss mental preparedness or choice times career-wise.
They were right. Honey, let me tell you, this is my third shot at this rodeo and things feel quite different this time around. I was pregnant with my first child at 25. I was in great health, top physical condition and skipped right through those 9 months with ease.
My second child came just under two years ago and while I was beat over the head with morning sickness, I again sailed through the last two-thirds pretty carefree. I noticed my hips were a little more sore and my waddle a bit more pronounced, but other than that - no biggie.
I am now 31. I am blessed to be pregnant again and I'm just really uncomfortable. I'm more tired, more out of sorts and at only 14 weeks my damn hip is hurting already! I feel the discomforts of pregnancy more than I ever have before and to be honest I feel a little old. Going to bed at 10 doesn't sound so bad right now.
Now I don't want to scare anyone away from getting pregnant after a certain age and there are some exceptions to my new declaration:
Women who have never been pregnant. It doesn't matter if you have your first child well after 30, you don't have anything to compare it to, it's all new to you so take heart and birth away!
Women who have not had a baby in a while or have forgotten what it was like last time. You guys are almost as well off as the first timers. You have a vague idea, but in general you probably only remember the high points.
Women like the "octo-mom" and the Duggar's mom who pop out kids like carnival candy. There's no way to compete or compare with that.
Is it just me or are some of you moms feeling a little more these days than you use to?