Science and society have always pressured women into feeling like they should have babies before they’re ready, but despite that pressure, Giuliana Rancic, age 35, said on the Today show this morning that she has no regrets about delaying pregnancy–something we applaud her for.
The latest research from Canada says that there are several “reproductive consequences” of delaying pregnancy and parenthood. The study issued new guidelines for both men and women about the risks of delaying child-bearing–something Giuliana says she knows a thing or two about:
We waited until I was 35 and Bill was 38 to try and have a baby. Can I look back and regret the decisions I made in my 20s? Should I have frozen my eggs? I look back and think, ‘No.’ At the time I did what was right for me. In my 20s I was busy chasing my career, not chasing guys.
Giuliana’s husband offered his own perspective, saying that it’s not just about finding the perfect partner:
Where men and women differ on this is women typically wait for Mr. Right … where men wait for the right time. Men wanna be financially stable before they bring a woman (home) and start a family.
The new guidelines, endorsed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, state that women should recognize that their “fecundity and fertility” starts to decline after the age of 32. Meanwhile, a man’s semen quality and fertility also worsens with age, and babies born to fathers over the age of 40 are at increased risk of genetic disorders, as well as schizophrenia, autism and some forms of cancer, according to the authors.
But despite all of this, Giuliana says the risks are worth it.
The point is, OK, it’s a small risk that something’s going to happen if you wait later in life, but it depends — are you willing to take that risk? And I think if you talk to people in their 20s, a lot of them are.
I say good for her. Pregnancy and raising a child are life-altering decisions, not to be made simply because science and society pressures us into thinking we have to have babies on a fixed timeline. Yes, there could be complications in getting pregnant when you’re older, but having a child before you are emotionally, financially and mentally ready, seems like an even bigger risk.