How Old Is “Too” Old?
We see incredible articles every day about moms who have done everything they can to conceive but sadly only some are blessed with children. Recently, I’ve noticed a trend where older–and I say this delicately–women are having children.
Doing a quick web search, I found that women as old as 70 have gone through fertility treatments for various reasons to have children. I don’t mean to write this entry to judge any woman: having a child is a personal decision and I believe it should stay that way.
I find myself wondering about the whole thing though. How does a 70 year old woman physically deal with a pregnancy? I am 39 years old and I’m pregnant. I had my first child when I was 24. I notice a HUGE difference in my body and in my stamina levels. I simply can’t imagine what it must be like to have a child at 70! I mean, how does a 70 year old handle the tiredness that seems to accompany the first trimester? When I was 23 and pregnant, I was tired, but not like I am now!
I wonder how a 70 year old woman and her 77 year old partner can handle getting up during the evening hours to take care of an infant who needs to be fed. I asked my 80 plus year old grandmother this question. She jokingly responded that she doesn’t sleep much anyway because her arthritis hurts so much. Getting up with a baby wouldn’t make so much of a difference because she doesn’t sleep anyway! I hadn’t thought of that angle.
I don’t personally think I’d be able to handle having a child at 70. Perhaps I shouldn’t say that, because I don’t know what I’ll be like at 70, but I think it’s true. Having a child at my age is enough of a challenge.
What about you? Do you think you’d be able to have the stamina at 70 to handle the demands of a pregnancy? What about taking care of an infant at that age?