Women Who Have Kids in Their 30s May Live Longer, Study says

A new study published in the Journal of Public Health confirms previous research that finds that women who have their first child in their thirties live longer.

Researchers from the University of Coimbra in Portugal analyzed data from 2004 to 2013 on women in 28 European countries, comparing their expected life spans at age 65 based on how old they were when they had their first child. Women who became mum’s at age 30 lived longer lives than those who did at age 20. "As the age of pregnancy increases, so does the life expectancy of the women at 65. In other words, the older the women are at birth, the longer they live," the authors wrote, adding that "it may be justified to promote pregnancy in the early 30s as a means to extend women’s life spans."

This new study backs up previous research. A study published in 2014 in the journal Menopause found a link between giving birth at an older age and longevity, explaining that genetic traits may play a role. Researchers found that women who gave birth to their last child after age 33 were twice as likely to live to at least age 95, compared with women who had their last child by age 29.

So, if you find yourself on the receiving end of ‘friendly’ pressure about nearing the “end of your childbearing days,” feel free to smugly let those people know you are planning a long and happy life.


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