Motherhood is the most challenging yet rewarding thing I have experienced in my life. Among other things, it has brought me face to face with the pros and cons of being a young mother. I had my daughter when I was 26. Some people might not call it being a “young mother” as there are teen pregnancies around us but the average age of mothers has hit 30 so it still constitutes as early motherhood.
Here are 6 pros and cons of being a young mother:
Body Heals Quickly
Post-partum recovery is hard. If you tear during delivery, it can take a good six weeks for your body to repair itself. It is easier for a young body to heal since our skin is supple and is able to cope with stretching and wear and tear better than mature skin.
In my opinion, mothers in their teen years and twenties can easily cope with sleepless nights with a newborn and chasing an energetic toddler. It goes without saying that younger people naturally have higher energy levels and it makes them better able to cope with the physical demands of motherhood.
Relate Better with Teenagers
Young mothers are able to identify with their children much better when they grow up than older mums. In fact, the smaller the age gap between you and your children, the more likely you are to relate with them easily when they turn into rebellious teenagers.
Losing Shape Earlier
Since we are already on the subject of physical changes, it makes sense to mention the effect of pregnancy on a woman’s body. Your body goes through some major changes during the nine months of pregnancy. Although young mums bounce back into their pre-pregnancy shape quickly, your body will probably never be the same again.
Goodbye Late-Night Partying
When your friends are all busy having a good time while you are staying in on a Saturday night changing nappies or putting a cranky baby to sleep, it can be hard to accept that your partying days are over.
Education/Career On Hold
More often than not, young mothers need to drop out of school and university or leave their jobs to stay at home to take care of their babies due to the high cost of childcare these days. It is a sacrifice mothers have to make for the sake of their baby. As a result, their friends or colleagues go on with their lives and gain more work experience.
Needless to say, no matter how old you are, taking care of a child is the hardest thing you will ever do but it’s a learning process and a complete joy ride!