Did you have time for that New Republic piece about time?
babies, pregnancy, reproduction, the new republic
I honestly thought this was going to have more to do with culture than health, but regardless, it's very interesting so far. I haven't had time to read the whole thing yet.
It's making me glad I did not have the baby (not that I ended up having a choice) when I got pregnant a year ago (I was 37 and the father was 50).
Hm. I wonder how much my parents worried about this sort of thing before I was born. My mom was 34 and my dad was 45. (This also made me depressed thinking about when my parents will die, and how old I'll be, and how old any potential kids I may have will be. Thanks a lot, New Republic.)
Okay but here's the thing: anyone can die at any time.
Your parents will likely die before you, though perhaps you will go first, and should they die before you, not much will make it easier on anyone. Relative age and relative death: relative. Not a definitely decided-upon and RSVP'd date.
Welcome to the planet, babies.
this made me so depressed. I am 25 and want kids eventually, but have a hard time imagining I'll ever feel ready.
It's comforting, though, to think about how different my life is now than it was five years ago.
this article is freaking me out in exactly the way it was intended to.
It was interesting that it touched on (but not enough) the reality of people not marrying as young as they once did.
I met my husband when we were pretty young (22) and we got married and had kids in our twenties. (I didn't really have a career that I was keen on, and we wanted to have babies.) In fact we were the first of our friends to do so. Many of his friends from university are just now having babies. (in their early/mid thirties) Some of the delay was related to career building and all of that. But I do wonder if more people would consider having babies in their twenties if there was more of a cultural/practical support for it. (like real paid maternity/paternity leave, affordable child-care, flexible work for EVERYONE, since how we work is kind of out-dated.)
It was really fascinating some of the science they are playing around with in regards to what our DNA gets up to over time, and how it can factor in to the development of humans.
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