The early twenties are a soul-searching, identity exploring time in any woman’s life. Some women are graduating from college and finding a career. Some are just getting started in a job; some may have their foot well in the door at work. Others may be hanging on to their youth while they can and taking advantage of the freedom of any woman’s twenties. And some women may even be expecting their first, second or even third child by the time they turn 24, almost half-way through their twenties.
So what is the scoop on getting and being pregnant at 24? Well, there’s a lot to consider and learn! First off, the age 24 is a peak time to get pregnant healthwise. “Experts say the average woman's fertility peaks in her early 20s. So from a strictly biological perspective, this is the best decade for conceiving and carrying a baby,” shares BabyCenter.com. That’s not to say it’s necessarily the best time for any given woman to try and have a baby, many, many women wait until much later than this. This is just the fun facts of biology, pesky as it may be.
Other factors are very contingent on any woman as an individual, but there are some things that ring true across the board for anyone who is pregnant at the age of 24. From delivery odds to lifestyle changes and a few things women in their twenties get to skip, keep reading for more things to know about being pregnant at 24!
20 Time Is On Your Side
24 is, biologically speaking, a great time to get pregnant and have a child. “These are your most fertile years. Your periods are probably regular, and most, if not all, of them, are ovulatory. Even now, however, you may not conceive exactly when you want to. The average woman between 20 and 24 years old has about a 20 percent chance each month of getting pregnant when she [is actively trying],” shares Parenting.com. 24 is a great age to be pregnant because your biological clock isn’t looming over you anytime soon, so time is most definitely on your side!
19 There’s A Low Risk Of Pregnancy Complications
“Pregnancy is often physically easier for women in their 20s because there's a lower risk of health complications like high blood pressure and diabetes. You're also less likely to have gynecological problems, like uterine fibroids, which often become more problematic over time,” writes Parenting.com. As noted just above, with time being on your side, that means you are at a lower risk for a plethora of pregnancy complications, which is obviously ideal. With the risk of complications being lower, you can spend less time stressing out over the small stuff, and more time doing the fun things like compiling that baby registry and getting the nursery ready!
18 Mom's Pregnancy Should Be Relatively Easy
Because you are younger, your body is in better shape than if you were aged even a few years. There’s a big difference in between a woman's early 20s and late 20s, coming from someone who is about to turn 29! “You’re most likely to be Be physically fit. ‘You’ll probably feel better and have more energy during pregnancy,’ says fertility expert and midwife Zita West,” states MotherAndBaby.co.uk. If you are about to become a Mom at the age of 24, first time or otherwise, you are definitely doing it right when you take physical strength and stamina into account.
17 And You Will Likely Bounce Back Quickly After The Baby Arrives
You will be especially thankful for the aforementioned traits once the baby arrives. That stamina will come in handy when it comes to bouncing back into your new normal after the baby arrives. And of course, to help yourself adjust to your new life, don’t forget to treat yourself. IowaGirlEats.com advises, “Treat yo’self. As parents to newborns we can’t control much, so find something you can control and treat yo’self to it. For me, it’s tidying up the house multiple times a day...Maybe for you, it’s starting every morning with a hot cup of coffee. Making sure you shower every day. Getting a weekly manicure. Napping when the baby naps. Enjoying [beverages] and Halo Top after the kids are in bed. Figure out what helps you feel like a whole person then do that as often as possible.”
16 You Might Get To Skip The Dreaded Glucose Test
“A glucose screening test is a routine test during pregnancy that checks a pregnant woman's blood glucose (sugar) level. Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (diabetes) that starts or is found during pregnancy,” shares MedLinePlus.gov on the glucose test that a lot of women are known to dread. And did you know that while the test is highly recommended for expectant mothers, it’s not actually mandatory? And if you’re younger, say around 24, you might just get to skip it altogether. This would be for the reason discussed above, the risk of complications is much lower for women who are younger.
15 Your Emotions Are Probably A Little Out Of Whack
“How you feel about your pregnancy may depend, in great part, on other things in your life. Some women who postpone job advancement to have a baby feel ambivalent or resentful at first says Diane Ross Glazer, Ph.D., a psychotherapist in Woodland Hills, CA. "Another concern is body image, which is a bigger issue for most women in their 20s than for those who are older. Also, a woman at this age is likely to be focused more on her marriage than on other parts of her life, such as her job, and adding a third person into the mix may be difficult," says Glazer,” shares Parenting.com on being pregnant in your 20s. Any of these feelings are totally normal, but you should address any emotional concerns with your doctor. Your physical and mental health is of the utmost importance during this time.
14 You Can Say Hello To Increased Morning Sickness
Though not scientifically proven, being pregnant at 24 may mean you are more prone to morning sickness, yay you! “You don’t just have to deal with it in silence because it’s part of the pregnancy package. “There are many treatments for morning sickness,” says James, noting that women who don’t respond to conventional methods may be eligible for the FDA-approved medication Diclegis. Your doctor can see if the medication might be a fit for you, or at the very least, help you work on other ways to find relief,” suggests Self.com on finding help if morning sickness has indeed got you down!
13 Some Say You Have A Greater Chance Of Having A Boy
“There is no sure-fire guarantee of having a baby of a particular gender. Hoping and trying for a boy or girl is just that, and does not influence the odds in either direction,” shares Huggies.com on whether or not you can influence the gender of your baby. There is no scientific evidence to back up this statement, but some people do believe that you are more likely to have a boy if you are in your pregnant during your twenties.
“The chance of having a boy appears to decline with the mother's age, the father's age and the number of children the family already has. These effects are small,” shares ScientificAmerican.com on the topic.
12 Your Chances Of Having Twins Is Lower Than If You Were Older
This one is actually a scientific fact, the younger you are, the less likely you are to give birth to twins. “Women over 30 are more likely to conceive twins. This is because the hormone FSH rises as a woman gets older. FSH, or follicle stimulating hormone, is responsible for the development of eggs in the ovaries before they are released.
Higher levels of FSH are needed as a woman ages because the eggs require more stimulation to grow than in a younger woman,” shares VeryWellFamily.com. That’s probably for the best though, I’m sure twins are super fun, but they’re also twice the work!
11 You Will Likely Avoid A C-Section
Want to avoid having a cesarean section? Odds are good for you on that one. “Older moms are far more likely to have their babies delivered by cesarean section than younger moms, even when they have no obvious risk factors for a high-risk birth, new research shows. The chance of delivering by C-section was greatest among older, first-time mothers. Half of first-time moms aged 45 and over had surgical births, as did roughly 40% of first-time moms aged 40 to 44,” states WebMD.com. Just remember, even if you do have a c-section, there’s no wrong way to bring a sweet little babe into the world!
10 You Will Trade In Your Ipsy Subscription For Maternity Clothes
So long beautiful little monthly box of beauty goods! Time to start pinching pennies and put that money towards some decent maternity clothes. “A good strategy for maternity wardrobe building is to take inventory of the things in your closet that you may be able to wear as your belly grows. Stretchy material like yoga pants and casual skirts are a good start but the lower the rise the better. Many women hate the feeling of anything on their stomach as it grows and may become tender. Look at empire waist dresses and shirts that may be able to accommodate a growing bump for a few weeks. Fold over yoga pants, long tank tops, wrap dresses, leggings, and tunics are all possibilities for early maternity wear,” suggests MamaNatural.com for when it’s time to start your maternity clothes shopping.
9 You're Likely To Be More Resilient For Those Early Wake-Up Calls
“Once the baby comes, as a 20-something mom you're likely to have the resilience to wake up with the baby several times during night and still be able to function the next day. You'll also have a lot of company as you chase your little one around the playground: The average American woman has her first child around age 26. And when your own child has children of her own, odds are you'll still have the energy to be an actively involved grandparent,” suggests BabyCenter.com. Being a new mom in your early twenties will definitely leave you more resilient for those early wake-up calls. You will definitely be thankful for this attribute.
8 You Will Definitely Want To Sign-Up For Those Birthing And Parenting Classes
“Get prepped by stocking up on pregnancy vitamins and working on your mindset for labour. ‘Read up on pregnancy and labour, and go to antenatal classes – women in their 20s tend to be less clued up about birth, which can lead to them feeling anxious and not fully prepared,’ says Zita,” suggests MotherAndBaby.co.uk. This is a good point in my opinion. I was twenty seven when I gave birth to my daughter, and I have found the classes to be a big asset. Nothing really prepares you for motherhood and all it entails like experiencing it for yourself, but you can never be too prepared!
7 You Will Be Hanging Out With "Google" A Lot
Guilty! A lot of new moms turn toward their good friend Google through pregnancy and the early days of motherhood. My daughter is one and a half and I still consult Google a lot, it’s a problem. If you have any medical concerns you should absolutely talk them through with your doctor! But I totally understand that it’s nice to see that a stranger on a mommy forum has experienced the same problems you may be having...even if the chat thread is a few years outdated! A lot of pregnancy tracking apps have social aspects on them with great chat threads, and Facebook also has some great mom groups, so do some investigating!
6 Prenatal Yoga Classes Will Replace Brunch Club
Adios bottomless mimosas! Pregnancy and beyond will lead you to an entirely new lifestyle, and there’s no turning back now. Your brunch clubs will be replaced with prenatal yoga classes, but your body will thank you for it. “ Prenatal yoga can be a great way to not only work the body in an essential way for moms-to-be, but also provides a good preparation for the breath and mind for delivery and beyond. Medical experts at the Mayo Clinic have even touted prenatal yoga as “a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing,” shares MindBodyGreen.com.
5 Once The Baby Comes, You Might Have To Get Creative In Keeping The Romance Alive
As I stated before, having a baby changes your entire lifestyle, and this includes the dynamic between you and your partner. So when it comes to your romance, you might have to get a little creative. You both will probably be very focused on the baby and all the mind-consuming things that come along with parenthood, but you can make sure you and your partner carve out time for each other is very important. And it can be done in small, do-able ways. Leave each other love notes, share a glass in a rare moment when the baby sleeps, do your partner’s least favorite chore for them, grab his or her hand while you’re grocery shopping. Once immersed in parenthood, you really have to embrace the simple things of the relationship, and it can make a big difference.
4 You Will Probably Download A Financial Aid App To Help Sort Out Any Financial Concerns
It’s a new world we live in, and luckily there’s a budgeting app to help you figure out your new budget. Actually, there’s a lot of apps out there so research what works best for you, but you will definitely want to download some kind of app that helps you keep track of that budget--kids are expensive after all.
“Andrei Vasilescu, CEO of the money saving platform Dont Pay Full (without the apostrophe in don't), likes Mint, a free budget app that allows you to manage your money and track your credit score. "New moms can use the app to schedule payments and set a monthly budget," he said. Mint, like these other budget apps, automatically updates and categorizes your transactions, which gives you a visual of your spending in real time,” shares Parents.com in regard to the money tracking app, Mint.
3 You Will Be Desperate For A Good Crew Of Mom Friends
“According to a recent study conducted by researchers from Arizona State University and published in the journal Developmental Psychology, satisfying and authentic friendships play a key role in keeping mothers’ spirits high. Specifically, feeling unconditionally accepted and comforted is crucial to a mother’s psychological health,” shares RealSimple.com. Finding a tribe of mom friends can be hard, and it can be even harder if your tribe is far away from you. Look for some local playgroups, story times or mommy and me groups. Making new friends can be awkward at first, but you will be so glad to have some friends in this with you.
2 You Will Experience FOMO Like Never Before
Fear of missing out, it’s a real thing, and especially real for new moms who are in their early twenties. You could very well be up at midnight feeding your baby and mindlessly scrolling your Instagram to see that some of your friends are having fun, without you! Boo! There are ways to combat your FOMO though, just do some research, there’s actually a lot out there.
“It’s like an Instagram filter, except it’s for your brain. Just because a friend posts pictures of her gondola ride in Venice, doesn’t mean her life is perfect. Remind yourself that Facebook is a carefully curated set of images and ideas. Maybe it was a 110-degree summer day that made the canals rather smelly. Maybe there was an argument about whether to shell out 100 euros for a boat ride. Maybe the gondolier couldn’t even hold a tune. You’ll never know because no one will spill the beans. So, always carry a salt shaker and add a generous sprinkle while browsing,” is one suggestion from Mothery.ly.
1 But It Will All Be Worth It!
And despite it all, you will find that motherhood brings you a sense of pride, happiness and a sense of purpose like you have ever known. Every sacrifice will be rewarded tenfold the moment your child smiles at you for the first time, the first time you hear him or her laugh, the first time they start crawling, the first time they start walking, when they say ‘Mama’ for the first time, when they embrace you in a real hug and start giving you unprompted open-mouthed kisses. Motherhood at any age is a wild ride of emotions, turbulence, big life changes, but gosh the view is great!References: www.babycenter.com, www.parenting.com, www.motherandbaby.co.uk, www.iowagirleats.com, www.medlineplus.gov, www.self.com,