A new study finds women who have their first child between the ages of 23 and 35 are at a higher risk of experiencing setbacks and hurdles throughout their career.
The study, published by the Census Bureau, reports women who have their first baby either before 25 or after 35 eventually close the pay gap with their husbands as that ten-year window is considered to be prime career-building years.
On average, first-time moms in the U.S. are 26.3 years old.
According to the study, most women who have their first child while either at the average age or falling between the ten-year window struggle to meet their husband's salary as they often have to leave the workforce temporarily.
The study also found that across all ages, women earn $12,600 less than men before having a child, and $25,100 less afterward.