What is the best age for a woman to give birth? According to sociologists, the answer is 34. While her biological clock may be ticking, a mother of that age will enjoy far better long-term health than a woman who gives birth at 18.
The news will come as a relief to those who decided to concentrate on their career before having a family. According to research in the US the health benefits of delaying motherhood increase year by year, with the best years for women to start bearing children being between the ages of 27 and 34.
Women who wait actually enjoy better health, live longer and end up having healthier babies. Academics looked at the link between the health problems of around 3,000 women and their age when giving birth for the first time.
Women who first gave birth at an early age developed more health problems, while women who delayed birth until 34 had fewer problems. Health benefits first started at 22 and continued to rise until 34. But problems began to increase again at 35.
According to research, A woman who had her first child at 34 is likely to be, in health terms, 14 years younger than a woman who gave birth at 18. While women aged 20 or 21 are more fertile and biologically fit, older mothers tend to be more mature and engage in less risky behaviour, and are more settled educationally, financially and emotionally, he said.
But fertility experts point to difficulties faced by women waiting longer to give birth.
“Women who want a family should not be targeting the age of 34 for the first time to get pregnant.”
News Source: Parenting