For years now women have been told to go to college, focus on their career, and put off starting a family. The narrative that motherhood is a burden has been touted around like a designer purse, and honestly it’s worn out.
I was asked to write an article about celebrity moms who had babies in their 40s to give some of the older women (who are just now realizing that family really is what matters most) some encouragement. I was conflicted at first. Mainly because when I write about celebrities it’s to offer up examples about real issues that are dear to my heart. And also, because I’m not yet 40 and have 4 kids. I personally don’t think it’s a great idea to have children later in life, but my older sister has struggled through fertility issues and what works for me isn’t what works for everyone else.
Plus the modern age has a lot to offer. Just having access to a variety of healthy foods increases fertility rates and lengthens the timespan. Foods enriched with folic acid, vitamin B12, and Omega-3 fatty acids have a positive effect on female fertility.
- Leafy greens
- Citrus fruits
- Nuts and seeds
- Brussels Sprouts
- Beef liver
Basically, eating fruits and veggies, along with some proteins, can offer an abundance of health benefits that don’t stop and start with us, they extend to our reproductive organs and our potential children.
Clean drinking water is also a factor. Pregnant women need to remain properly hydrated to produce sufficient amniotic fluid levels, prevent preterm labor, and improve overall fetal well-being. Clean drinking water arms expectant mothers with the ability to flush out illnesses and stay healthy.
In addition, better fertility care helps couples to pin-point fertility issues when they arise so couples and their doctor can find solutions. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a few supplements. Others it’s more complicated, but there are plenty of options.
It’s important to note that: The American Society for Reproductive Medicine does state, “Even though women today are healthier and taking better care of themselves than ever before, improved health in later life does not offset the natural age-related decline in fertility.” So my article is not meant to encourage young women to hold off on having children. It is merely a reminder to those women who are approaching/experiencing their 40s that they do still have options.
Encouraging Women Who Waited And May Feel As If They Missed Out
A lot of women in their 30s and 40s are realizing that the idea of waiting to have kids has its drawbacks. The desire to find/keep love and share that joy with the next generation grows stronger as we age.
There is also a large population of men who wanted to be the protectors, they wanted to be that man who steps into the masculine role and be a woman’s counterpart, but they either don’t know how to (because they weren’t raised to do so), and/or they have been attacked by misandrous feminists so often that they would rather just walk away from relationships altogether.
So women who want a family need to be more direct about it. If you’ve embraced your femininity, show it outwardly. You will attract someone who holds the same values as you.