Mothers will tell you there is no perfect time to have a baby. No amount of planning and organization will prepare you for what lies ahead.
But science has something different to say about the optimal time to become a mother.
The scientific community used to warn women against getting pregnant later in life, but new evidence is going against this conventional wisdom.
New evidence suggests that there are perks to getting pregnant after 35 years of age.
It has been previously suggested that having a baby after 35 increases life expectancy, and now a new study conducted at the University of Southern California suggests that giving birth after age 35 improves the mental abilities of the mother.
How did the study come to this conclusion?
The researchers performed several tests on 830 postmenopausal women. It was found that women who had their last baby after 35 had better verbal memory and cognition.
Researchers believe it is related to the surge of hormones – estrogen and progesterone – during pregnancy, which have been found to positively impact brain chemistry and function, especially if the last pregnancy occurred at a later age.
Let’s not forget the power of life experience
While there are some things that you cannot plan for when it comes to having a baby, there is a lot to be said about the amount of life experience and maturity a woman has before giving birth.
This is one of the upsides of having a baby later in life; not only are women usually better off financially and settled in their careers at this point in life, they’ve also been around the block a time or two and know how to handle themselves in stressful situations.
Stressful situations includes having a baby.
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The risks associated with having a baby after the age of 35 are still present and your doctor will monitor your closely if you get pregnant at this point in your life, but there are other benefits to consider as well.
The benefits of being an older Mother
A woman’s mental health tends to be in better shape than those woman who are just coming into adulthood or who are not settled in their careers yet.
They worry about many things, besides raising a baby, but older mothers tend to be more accepting of their changing situation and this can create a sense of calm and excitement, rather than worry and anxiety associated with having a baby.
What’s more, the change in hormones that comes with having a baby has shown to be beneficial to older women who might be lacking in estrogen and progesterone.
This can lead to improved memory, better sleeping and eating patterns, better planning and more.
Women who decide to have a baby later in life often do so by choice and are better prepared for the responsibilities of motherhood.
Because people are so aware of the risks of pregnancy after the age of 35, soon-to-be-mothers tend to see their doctor more regularly, have better health overall, and pay more attention to the suggestions of their doctors in order to ensure their pregnancy is complication free.
Younger mothers-to-be are sometimes less diligent with following directions and understanding the complications of pregnancy over the long term of their life.
As with any pregnancy, no one can predict how it will turn out. There are pros and cons associated with pregnancy at any stage of life, but a woman who is older might find they benefit from later in life pregnancies, especially if they have children from their younger years.
If you are planning a pregnancy later in life, or suddenly find yourself faced with a pregnancy after the age of 35, be sure to see your doctor to discuss your health, the baby’s health, and ensure the best possible care for you both.