Becoming a mother is the most beautiful thing a woman can experience in a lifetime. Raising a child is a demanding task, but it as well a wonderful journey, regardless of the age you give birth. However, many women who plan to become mothers one day ask themselves is there an ideal age for becoming a mother.
Many laics would tell such women that there’s no such thing as the ideal age for motherhood. However, a group of scientists has just recently found out that becoming a mother at the age of 35 has awesome benefits.
The average age women enter motherhood keeps going up. And that’s not because it’s trendy. Women in their 30s and 40s feel more determined and safer to become moms for the first time.
Historically, every pregnancy after the 35th year of life is considered a risk. However, scientists have found out benefits of becoming pregnant for the first time at the age of 35 and above.
It has been previously proven that giving birth after the age of 35 increases a woman’s life expectancy, but a new study conducted at the USC reveals that delivering a child after the age of 35 improve a mother’s mental agility.
How Did Scientists at the University of South California Came to that Conclusion?
The scientists at the USC performed numerous tests on women in their postmenopausal years. Study participants’ verbal memory, visual perception, planning, concentration, reasoning, and attention was tested.
The study found out that women who gave birth at the ages of 15 to 24 performed worse on mental acuity than women who gave birth at the age of 24 and up. The scientists also found out that participants of this test who gave birth after the age of 35 had better cognition and verbal memory.
What Makes Women Who Gave Birth After the Age of 35 Mentally Sharp?
It’s all because of two hormones – progesterone and estrogen. These two hormones have been found to have a beneficial effect on the brain’s chemistry, especially if the last or first pregnancy occurred after the age of 35.
Remember that we aren’t cajoling you into getting pregnant after the age of 35 through this article. Getting pregnant at any age has advantages as well as disadvantages.
Always consult your OB/GYN before planning to get pregnant.