*Who says the clock ticks louder for women considering pregnancy once their 30s are long gone?
As women in the spotlight (and many who are not) continue to have babies well into their forties, new research showing the positive results of their decision has been revealed.
Birkbeck University of London and University College London say that babies born to women over 40 stand a better chance at a healthier life overall; including less hospital visits by the age of three and they are less likely to injure themselves.
Singer Mariah Carey was 41 when she gave birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe. While actress Halle Berry was 41 when she had her first child, Nahla, and 46 when she gave birth to son, Maceo.
The researchers did a comparative study between children born to older moms and those born to mothers in their twenties and came up with the results.
No doubt the stamina of an older mom may not be the same as it was in her 20s, but even this is now arguable – as women become more athletic. The study revealed the offspring of these older mothers will more likely have better emotional well-being, with the likelihood of conflict between parent and child decreasing as the maternal age increases.
And get this. Researchers studied kids aged 3 and 4, born to older mothers, and say that their language development was even better.
According to the Office of National Statistics, the number of women over the age of 40 having babies has increased more than fourfold in the last 30 years.
Professor Jacqueline Barnes, one of the study leaders at Birkbeck, said the project was based on the fact that the maternal age is rising.
“It has demonstrated that, while there are many medical reasons why close attention should be given to the physical well-being of older mothers and their infants both during pregnancy and immediately after birth, an increase in older motherhood should not necessarily be a cause for concern in relation to subsequent parenting,” Barnes states.
Read more about this study at The Daily Mail.