Study Says This Is the Best Age to Become a Mother

Good news for those in their thirties who have not yet found a partner (and parent to their unborn children)! Elle is reporting that children born to women in their thirties are more likely to be intelligent, score higher in cognitive testing, and outperform those born to women in their twenties and forties. Researchers at the London School of Economics looked at the development of 18,000 British children for an extended amount of time. During these studies, they determined the effect of a mother’s age on the development and growth of her child. The best years were the mother’s thirties.

"First-time mothers in their thirties are likely to be more educated, have higher incomes, are more likely to be in stable relationships, have healthier lifestyles, seek prenatal care earlier, and have planned their pregnancies," researcher Alice Goisis said. While women in their forties are attentive to their children in similar ways, they are less likely to play with their kids than younger mothers. In turn, these babies will have more of a chance of becoming obese later in life. Moral of the story: If you’re 34 and haven’t yet had your first child, don’t freak out! In a couple years' time, you might just end up with the smartest kid on the block.

Interested in reading more about this topic? Check out Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five.

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