How Late Should You Wait to Have a Baby? Breasts 101

How Late Should You Wait to Have a Baby?

As if women don’t already get enough pressure to have a baby from eager parents itching for a grandchild, there are actually valid medical reasons to not wait too long to get pregnant.

One reason in particular: Women who are over age 30 when they have their first child have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Here’s how it works: When breast cells develop in adolescence, they’re immature and super active until your first full-term pregnancy. Pregnancy helps the breasts fully mature and grow in a more regular way — reducing your total number of lifetime menstrual cycles and helping protect against breast cancer.

Not ready to have a baby yet? Don’t stress. The decision to have a child is an extremely personal and complicated one and requires tons of commitment and support.

Whether you decide to have children at a younger age – or at all – there are lifestyle choices you can make to keep your breast cancer risk as low as possible:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Limit alcohol.
  • Eat nutritious food.
  • Don’t smoke.

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