Nowadays, being a young mother is something that is looked down upon in our society. “It’s going to ruin your career” is a big one, or “You should be financially stable before you bring a baby into the mix.” In the American culture, you need to graduate high school, go to college, establish a career, and then have children. Well here is my two cents. No planned time is going to be perfect, and ultimately God knows when those precious little ones are coming anyway. Having a child is a blessing at anytime. And it should definitely not be looked down upon to have children before or during any of those times. There will positives and negatives no matter what you choose to do. I believe every child is a gift from God, no matter when that child was brought into this world. All young mommy’s need to embrace their season of life and focus on all the benefits their are with having children at a young age. Honestly, being an early mama is kind of awesome if you ask me. Here are 7 reasons why I love being a young mom.
1. Young Mamas Have More Energy
Everyone’s gotta ticking biological clock. Each year you get older and older and the years of that youthful energy are counting down. I’m not here to say that you can’t be energetic when you’re old, but let me tell you, when I’m running around playing “catch me mama” with my toddler, hauling around my 27 pound baby, while getting household chores done on only a few hours of sleep, I’m glad I have my youth kicking in to make it attainable and most days, enjoyable.
2. Young Mamas Bounce Back Quicker
Now, the time frame varies for everyone, but young mommy’s get their pre-pregnancy body back quicker. Chances of over gaining weight in pregnancy are less and shedding the pounds happen a lot faster afterward. So yes, this is a really nice perk of having your pregnancies at a young age.
3. Young Mamas Have Lower Risk Pregnancies
Women in their 20’s often conceive easily and have the lowest chances of having a miscarriage or a baby with a birth defect. A lower chance of complications and a higher chance of having a healthy baby. Personally, I had some pretty easy going pregnancies and deliveries, and I am so grateful for that.
4. Young Mamas Adjust Easier
We’re young, and most of us are still figuring out exactly what we what to be, where we want to live, and what we want for our future. We are most likely not set in our ways and habits yet. This makes it much easier for mommy’s to jump into motherhood.
5. Young Mamas Reevaluate Sooner
What I mean by this is that when you have children, your whole world changes. And things that used to be important to you are not so much anymore. You begin to have a clearer perspective of what really is important in life. I believe you become a better person. You learn the meaning of sacrifice. You learn selflessness. You may now have a better idea and confidence in the direction you want to go in your career. You may now know that what you really wanted was to be a stay-at-home mom. You may now have the desire to do more, more than you had ever imagined yourself doing. I think this is a huge plus to have this shift in your perspective while you’re young, allowing you more years to live out your improved self. I am grateful to have had this experience sooner than later.
6. Young Mamas Don’t Have Huge Age Gaps Between Parent & Child
My husband and I have about 20 years between us and our children, and I believe this will play in as a nice advantage. Not only do I have energy keeping up with my kids now, I think about how decently young and active I’ll still be when my kids are teenagers. I’ll still have the energy to go out and participate in a family football game, or have a several hobbies that my kids and I share together, or be able to go out with my husband and kids on new adventures and travel often. That makes me so happy, because I want to be involved in my children’s life to its fullest potential through all stages. I think my husband and I will also be a able to relate with our children when they’re teenagers a little easier too. What it used to be like when we were teenagers will be fresher in our minds than those who waited to have children at an older age. So i think we will have a little extra physical and mental energy to help make our children’s years the best they can be.
Oh! And we’ll also be young grandma’s too, which means we will have the energy to keep up and play with our grand kids as well :)
7. Young Mamas Have Early Empty Nests
As of now, no, I’m not going on vacations to warm tropical places with my hubby, but I will be only 40 years old when we have both of our kids graduated from high school! We will then be financially stable and free to travel the world together and devote our time to a passion or career that we love.