Dr Oz: So You Want To Be A Mom
Dr Oz’s show spent an in depth hour discussing concerns about pursuing pregnancy later in life. Doctors and women discussed their perspectives on Aging & Pregnancy. Dr Oz looked at Fertility Costs, Down Syndrome Risks and Social Stigmas that can also be factors. One woman even shared her journey from IVF to adoption. Finally, Dr Oz concluded the conversation with two questions for women who think they want to be moms. Here’s what to ask yourself before getting pregnant.
Dr Oz: Deciding To Have A Baby
There are many factors to consider when choosing to become pregnant. It will change your life. As this show illustrated, there are differences between having a baby at a young age and waiting until your life is more stable. But that doesn’t mean you should have a baby too early out of fear, before you’re ready in life.
It’s a very personal decision and you have to consider your own needs and situation heavily in the equation. Dr Oz provided two big questions to help you think about your choices on the path to pregnancy, at any age.
Why Do You Want a Child?
Why do you want a child? This may seem like an obvious question. But Dr Oz said it’s important to explore our own expectations. As children, we imagine that we will have our own kids someday, just like our parents did.
But as you mature into an adult, what do you really think about what a child would bring to your life? If you are trying to fill a void in your life by adding a child to it, that could raise many other questions in your pursuit. How do you expect that your child will turn out?
What Will You Sacrifice For A Baby?
What are you willing to give up in order to get a baby? You will always be giving something up as a parent. Contrary to popular myth, it’s probably impossible to have it all. Though research finds that working moms report being happier than stay-at-home moms, they are still missing out on the tradeoff of extra time watching the kids grow up.
You could be at the office when your child speaks or walks for the first time. It also changes the dynamic of your relationship, if you are in one, because you will always have to attend to the needs of your child, often before your own.
Taking the time to consider the drastic changes that a baby would bring to your life and relationships is an important step (and it could’ve saved us countless reality shows about teen mothers).
What do you think about Dr Oz’s discussion in this episode? Are you a late-in-life mom, or do you know one? What factors do you consider most important in deciding to become a parent?