Raising a child is probably the hardest unpaid job in the world. For parents, it seems stressful and annoying, especially with their first child, but once they get in the routine, everything seems great. The journey of giving birth to your precious one is an indescribable feeling for most mothers. Many would agree that age does not matter once the little one comes, because they know what to do intuitively. For so many mothers, motherhood is a simple natural instinct, but scientists have found that getting pregnant after the age of 35 has the greatest benefits.
The average age of women becoming mothers for the first time keeps going up in the modern world that we live in. Of course, it’s not a matter of fashion, but some women in their 30s and 40s feel much safer and more determined. As a result, they are more likely to be secure in their relationship and career as well.
In terms of history, getting pregnant after the age of 35 was considered risky. However, science is discovering new benefits related to late pregnancies.
It has been previously proven that having a baby after 35 increases life expectancy. Nowadays, a new study conducted at the University of Southern California reveals that giving birth after age 35 improves the mental abilities of the mother.
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Here is what the study is about. The researchers performed several tests on 830 postmenopausal women. There were tests on planning, visual perception, verbal memory, concentration, and attention. They revealed that women who had their first baby after 24 performed better on mental acuity tests, problem-solving, and verbal skills. Mothers who became mothers between the age of 15 and 24 performed worse than the above-mentioned ones. Women who had their last baby after 35, on the other hand, had better verbal memory and cognition.
What would the reason that makes them mentally sharper be?
It is actually quite simple. This is related to the surge of hormones — estrogen and progesterone — during pregnancy. These have a beneficial impact on brain chemistry and function, especially if the last pregnancy occurred at a later age.
It is, of course, never simple to decide on when to have a baby. However, if you are indeed planning one, maybe you should wait until you are over 30.
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