Rachel Zoe, Hollywood stylist and star of The Rachel Zoe Project, says she always knew she wanted to be a mom; she just wasn’t sure how she would make it work with her very public, very busy career. But she knew she wanted it, and that’s what made it work. She says as women get older, especially around age 30, they have to know deep down if they want kids and if they’d regret not having children.
She talks about becoming a mom at age 39, and offers a few pieces of advice:
After you hit 30, whether you like it or not, Mother Nature forces you to make decisions.
For some women, the career is enough — having kids doesn’t feel right, and I totally get that. But if you do want to have kids at some point, I have two pieces of advice. The first is: Don’t wait! I missed the window of being a young mom (I was 39), and I’m super envious of my friends who had kids earlier than I did because they can take their time and choose to have another child (or several!) if they want. The second: Remember that there are many paths to motherhood. What’s right for you might be adopting, or finding a surrogate, or maybe your version of motherhood is just being the best aunt ever. The point is that the path is in your hands.
And once you get there? Believe me: It’s love on a whole other level.