Pregnancy is such an incredible experience regardless of your age, however you can rest assured that no matter what your age and circumstances you will have your fair share of aches, pains and complications.
The average age of first-time mums in Australia has increased to 28.6 with more mums falling pregnant when they are older than this.
We spoke to four mums who were all pregnant in different decades and asked them what they found to be the easiest and hardest parts of pregnancy.
PREGNANCY IN YOUR TEENS
The glory of the teenage body. It’s nimble, it’s flexible, it’s slow to injure and quick to heal. It seems like the ideal time to go through the physical strain of pregnancy. Unfortunately, while the teenage body can easily handle pregnancy – if “easily” is an appropriate word to use in any discussion of pregnancy – mentally it can be incredibly difficult, not to mention the fact you are probably not in a serious relationship, are still living with your parents and don’t have your own money yet. Or does that all make it even easier?
Elizabeth, 37-year-old, mother-of-five who had her first baby in her teens.
Elizabeth fell pregnant for the first time when she was 15. She's also been pregnant at 21, 26, 31 and 34. Her oldest Josh is now 22 and her youngest is 3. Elizabeth says it was definitely easier being pregnant as a teenager because she had no idea what she was in for. "Financially the easiest pregnancy was when I was a teen as I had no financial obligations. I still lived under my mothers roof. No credit cards or car as I was too young. The easiest pregnancy mentally would have been my teen pregnancy. I was so naive and things that should have effected me just washed off like a water on a ducks back. I think my view on the world and my young tender age allowed me to cope with everything."