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According To Science, This Is The Best Age To Have Kids…It’s Later Than You Think

For decades, women have been told that having a baby after the age of 35 is dangerous. Recently, however, scientists have found that the optimal age to have kids is a lot later than you might think.

These days, more and more women are waiting until later in life to conceive. With contraception readily available and more women graduating college than men, many women choose to focus on their careers before settling down and starting families.

It’s been said that as the age of motherhood has risen, so have pregnancy complications and abnormalities. But is that actually true? What is the optimal age to have a baby? While medical complications certainly shouldn’t be ignored, some scientists have uncovered benefits of having children later in life.

Researchers at the University of California completed a study in November that found 35 to be the optimal age for women to have their first babies. These mothers were found to have a longer life expectancy as well as improved mental function.

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The study compared postmenopausal women who had babies when they were 15 to 24 with women who had their first kid after the age of 35. The older group of women had better problem-solving and verbal skills, mental acuity, and memory. In short, their minds were healthier.

The reason for this phenomenon has to do with hormones. While estrogen and progesterone always increase during pregnancy, they more beneficial to a mother’s brain chemistry after the age of 35.

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That moment when I realized that this brand new 5 year old was the first to kick around in my uterus.πŸ’— This was her home for so long. And that big smile and laugh that wraps across her face as she feels her littlest sister kick from the outside is kind of the sweetest thing ever going on for me right now.| The crappy part of all my pregnancies is having morning sickness stay around until the party ends. I take Unisom in the evenings + b6 & zofran in the mornings. I was off my game yesterday and forgot to drink my vitamins and take my zofran before having breakfast. I slaved over making a healthy breakfast and a short while later it all came back up. Every freaking bit. The most annoying part, besides broken blood vessels speckling my eyes, is having to make ANOTHER healthy breakfastπŸ˜‚πŸ™„. I threw in the towel with stale rice cakes and nut butter while i watched an episode of Gilmore Girls before heading out to exercise. @drinkpremama sent me a trimester worth of their prenatal vitamins that have b6 added for morning sickness and DHA! Also, I was completely spoiled by @mustelausa when they sent a box full of creams, balms and oils of stretch mark therapy for this growing belly. The lotion feels like no other and I've loved having my hormonally dry pregnant skin taken care of while I grow our baby girl. Just 11 more weeks until we meet her!!πŸŽ‰||Savannahs darling legging, tank, and cardigan @coloredorganics #sponsored #drinkpremama #mymustelamoments #secretweapon

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There are many pros and cons that come with having a baby at any age, but if you decide to have kids, they’re a joy whenever they come!

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