It really is a personal choice. There are increased risks involved with increased age in pregnancy, but if you educate yourself about those risks and feel you are comfortable with them and could manage them if you had to face them, why not have a child if it is something you really want?
That being said, it is important to remember that age also reduces your fertility, so if a family is important to you, don't put off getting pregnant too long in order to prioritize other life experiences (e.g. travel, career). Natural fertility decreases exacerbate fertility issues that you may discover that you or your partner have, and you won't know about those conditions until you start trying to get pregnant, which could delay your plans for a family much longer than you anticipate.
As for age when raising kids, it is a demanding job, but I don't think age determines how well you will cope with it. Personality will determine that.
I had BB#1 at 35, and BB#2 at 40, and am now 42 and possibly pregnant (we weren't trying to conceive but didn't use protection because doctors have basically told me that I'm going through an early menopause). We had tried for 5 years to get pregnant with BB#2 (and he was a miracle) so I thought there would be no way I would get pregnant now! Aiyaiyai! If I am pregnant and able to carry this baby to term, I would be 43 at the time of delivery. While I don't consider it too old -- my body and my energy are not what they used to be. I wish I had met Mr. Right in my mid-20's and was finished having babies by 35. Instead, I met Mr. Right when I was 32, got married at 33, got pregnant at 34 and so on...
I'm glad that our careers are established, we own a home, can afford things for our kids. So that is a nice perk of being older... However, handling pregnancy in your 40's is tough! And don't even get me started with the sleep deprivation!
6/22/13 10:55 A
the answer to that will differ for every person
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TOO OLD. WHO IS TOO OLD. I AM ALMOWT 73 YRS. OLD AND I AM STILL GOING STRONG FOR HEALTH REASON'S.
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I think it is a personal choice. Child birth and raising children are both hard things. If you and your doctor think that you are healthly enough to carry a child full term, and if you feel that you are mentally and physically able to raise a child then go for it. It is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
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