Raising a child is a beautiful and wonderful journey that can bring happiness and joy, as well as challenges and concerns, regardless of age. So is there the “right time” to become a mom? New research has found that getting pregnant after age 35 has great benefits.
The average age of women who become mothers for the first time continues to rise. And this is not just a matter of fashion.
Women in their 30s and 40s feel much more confident and determined and are more likely to be secure in their relationship and career.
Historically, pregnancy after age 35 is considered risky. However, science is discovering new benefits related to late pregnancy.
It has been previously proven that having a baby after 35 increases life expectancy, and today a new study at the University of Southern California reveals that delivery after age 35 improves the mother’s mental abilities.
How Did They Come To This Conclusion?
The researchers conducted multiple tests on 830 postmenopausal women. The study participants were evaluated in planning, visual perception, verbal memory, concentration, and attention.
They found that women who had their first baby after the age of 24 performed better on tests of mental acuity, problem-solving, and verbal skills compared to those who became mothers between the ages of 15 and 24.
Women who had their last baby after age 35 had better verbal memory and cognition.
What Is The Reason That Makes Them Mentally Sharper?
It is related to the increase in hormones (estrogen and progesterone) during pregnancy, which had a beneficial impact on brain chemistry and function, especially if the last pregnancy occurred later.
Deciding when to have a baby is never simple, and pregnancy at any age has advantages and disadvantages. The important thing is that you should first consult your doctor so that your pregnancy is as healthy as possible.