With medical advances and changes in behavior and relationships, women today may have children at ages that were once considered risky. Getting pregnant after age 30, in fact, might offer extra incentives as recent research discovered that the age of gestation can potentially affect the intelligence of the child.
Researchers at the London School of Economics have analyzed data from a study that monitors the development of 18,000 British children over a long period of time to determine the effect of the mother's age on the child's growth and development.
According to the research, published in the scientific Journal of Biodemography and Social Biology, the thirties are considered ideal age for getting pregnant.
The study indicated that babies born to women in their late thirties are more likely to be smart and score higher on cognitive tests than those born to women in their 20s or 40s.
In addition, women who are mothers for the first time in their 30s tend to be more educated, have higher financial incomes, are more likely to have stable relationships, healthier lifestyles, seek early prenatal care, and have planned the pregnancy.
It all adds up to a bunch of positives for both mother and baby!