In the past, it was a natural step that a couple would get married fairly young, and
start a family.
is no longer the case and the delaying of childbirth is becoming very common.
essay will consider the reasons for
trend and the possible effects on families and
The driving force behind
trend is changing employment patterns. As more women have pursued an education and entered the workforce, they tend to marry later and have children later in their life.
is unavoidable in many cases because women cannot combine family and
well due to costly childcare. Another factor is all the other opportunities available to everyone.
, many men and women choose to travel around the world or take the chance to
in another country,
delaying settling down.
There are a number of possible impacts on families and
, with regards to families, it can be more difficult for older women to get pregnant and they may experience more health problems,
as a miscarriage, high blood pressure or diabetes, during pregnancy.
, the parents may find the whole experience of bringing up children more tiring if they are older. In one respect it may be positive for
because if people are choosing to
for longer, a country will have a productive workforce. On the negative side though, in the long-term falling fertility rates will mean an aging population with a lack of young people to
and take care of the elderly.
In conclusion, there are several reasons that people are having children later in life, and
can have a number of impacts, both positive and negative. Given the fact that
continues to change,
trend is likely to continue well into the future.