Women are having babies at a later stage in life more than ever before, and it turns out it might be good for you.
As we race through our 20s and into our 30s, many of us start to wonder when is the best time to settle down and start a family. There is usually a large amount of pressure to start early, especially for women. We look back to previous generations and in many cases, our parents had given birth to us by the time we even start thinking about having kids, and our grandparents started a family even earlier than they did.
There's also the worry that the longer a woman leaves having a baby, the trickier it will be to get pregnant and the chances of something going wrong are increased. While that is certainly true on some level, Business Insider reports that recent studies show there are actually some benefits to having a baby later in life.
That's very good news for women in the US. In 2016, more women in their early 30s gave birth than women in their 20s. That's the first time that has ever happened. Plus, women are now 25% older when they have their first child than they were 50 years ago. While a 20-something's pregnancy has less chance of complications, their 30-something counterpart's pregnancy has different plus points.
First of all, the health of the mom in later life. Studies show that women who don't give birth until their early 30s have higher energy and fewer aches and pains later in life. They also have a much higher chance of living longer. Women who have their last child at 33 or older are twice as likely to see their 95th birthday than moms who have their last child under 30.
Last but not least, something some parents might not consider a positive. Women in their 30s have an increased chance of having twins. That's due to them releasing more of a hormone called FSH. FSH stimulates the ovaries. It normally only stimulates them enough to release one egg. However, the abundance of it released as women get older can result in two eggs being ovulated.