If you’re a woman (so like, 50 per cent of the population), odds are you’ve heard something or another about your biological clock at some point in your life. About why it’s better to have kids when you’re younger, for an array of reasons from better health for the baby to a lesser age gap between you and babe.
But with so many women waiting to marry or choose life partners later in life, careers to kick start and crazy housing markets that sometimes seem to make it impossible to get started, waiting until we’re older has become more and more common in society.
And as it turns out, waiting to give birth might not actually be so bad after all.
Researchers have produced a study that claims mothers who wait until they’re older (including 40-plus) have been shown to have healthier and taller babies, who are more likely to go on to become better educated.
It’s a nice alternative to all the news we hear about babies from “mature” mothers having a higher likelihood of being born with genetic disorders or developing disease later on in life.
The study, which looked at data from 1.5 million Swedish men and women who were born between 1960-91, suggests that there could be a link between improved public health and social conditions, along with the educational opportunities available. In other words, it’s not so much about how much farther along you get over the years, it’s how far along society gets that makes the difference. We’re talking nurture here, not nature.
Either way, we think it’s nice to hear a positive message about waiting to have kids. Of course as women it’s important to know our own bodies’ capabilities to physically be able to have children past a certain age (if you’re concerned about waiting, talk to your doctor about an ovarian reserve test). But with that information under our belts, it’s nice not to be made to feel guilty about waiting until we’re truly ready, too.
After all, not everyone has to be a Gilmore Girl.