According to new research, if you want a baby but you’re going well into your thirties, there is no need to worry. Scientists believe there are many benefits to giving birth after 35 years of age.
The term “biological clock” is one that many women would have heard of before and is often shrouded in sheer dread. Doctors often recommend prospective mothers to have children in their physical prime.
But in a study taken from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, one finding showed that having a baby as you approach 40 or even 50 could improve your brainpower. The study also suggests that chance of memory loss could be decreased.
830 post-menopausal women were tested using a variety of factors to determine areas of their thinking such as functioning skills and verbal memory. These factors included when the woman had their first period, their first pregnancy and how many pregnancies they had, etc.
Ultimately, the biggest discovery the researchers made was that women who last had a baby after the age of 35 had a higher verbal memory than those who were younger. Also, women who had their first period before they turned 13 had significant cognitive benefits.
Apparently, older women who have children later on in life were more likely to remain mentally healthy. On the flip side, women who had their first baby between 15 and 24 years of age suffered from more mental health issues as they got older.
A large part to do with the entire process is the increase in hormone levels that women experience during pregnancy. The older you are when you are pregnant, the longer the increase will be, which means longer cognitive benefits.
“While it is not enough to suggest that women wait until after 35 years of age to close their family growth, our finding of a positive effect of later age at last pregnancy on late-life cognition is novel and substantial,” Dr. Roksana Karim said, who lead the study.