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.
The average age of women becoming mothers for the first time keeps going up. And this is not just a matter of fashion. Women in their 30s and 40s feel much safer and more determined, and they are more likely to be secure in their relationship and career.
Historically, pregnancy after the age of 35 is 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, and today a new study conducted at the University of Southern California reveals that giving birth after age 35 improves the mental abilities of the mother.
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.