Even though most Americans still believe that 25 is the ideal age for women to have children, new research suggests that mother nature disagrees. A mounting stream of epidemiological evidence is pointing towards a much lower biological optimum… as low as 15 years old!
Why 15? Because most data from research studies shows better and better outcomes the younger mothers get. Taken to it’s logical conclusion, this implies that having children as soon as the physical development of puberty has completed (between 15 – 17 for most girls) is likely when evolution geared human bodies to produce the best offspring.
So despite the myth that 25 is the ideal age, here are the top 10 real reasons why teenage pregnancy is the actual best biological ideal:
- Younger pregnancies are less likely to suffer a miscarriage.
- It’s commonly known that women who wait till their 20’s or 30’s face higher and higher rates of infertility with many women in their 30’s often never able to conceive at all.
- Numerous studies find that earlier pregnancies face lower risk of autism, birth defects, and ADHD.
- Mothers who delay having their first child until after 24 are more likely to develop breast cancer later in life.
- Younger mothers are more likely to succeed at breast feeding, which reduces postpartum weight retention and improves 28 different health outcomes for their children.
- Older mothers who wait till their 20’s or 30’s to have children are much more likely to never lose all the weight they gain during pregnancy — and therefore suffer from higher rates of diabetes and heart disease later in life.
- Younger mothers have better compliance rates at avoiding dangerous habits like smoking and drinking during pregnancy since they often haven’t even started these health damaging behaviors.
- Younger mothers are less likely to require c-sections. Health outcomes of both mothers and children who undergo c-sections are routinely found to be worse, with children succumbing to higher rates of acute and chronic respiratory illness and mothers suffering from months of reduced physical mobility and higher long-term obesity rates (with the attendant increased risk of heart disease and diabetes).
- Median statistics show that having children younger lowers a woman’s lifetime earnings. But this can be deceptive. The distribution has many bad outcomes but two distinct poles. Although having children early in life (when poor and underprivileged) can trap a young woman in poverty, the most successful women have also pointed out many times, that having children when you’re so old that you’re already out of college is actually the kiss of death for career advancement. Although it’s completely outside the societal norm these days, having a child at 15 leaves a woman free to immediately start her career after finishing college because her child will be entering school right as she leaves it. Assuming the mother enrolls in an elite online high school program, she could take one summer off to deliver and never miss a beat in her academic (and real) career.
- On a societal level, adding even a small “extra” generation could prevent demographic collapse of the United States. So it’s literally true that Uncle Sam wants you to do the patriotic thing and have a teen pregnancy for America.
Even though most people will continue to insist that “logic doesn’t really apply when it comes to timing a child“, it appears that there are strong reasons to prefer teenage pregnancy if at all possible.
So there it is. Don’t be a terrible mother: Get pregnant when you’re 15.