For the past years, records of pregnancy has been drastically increasing. During 1970s,
average age of mothers during their first pregnancy was 21.4. After over 30 years, the average age has risen to 26.3 (2014)
A research team which was headed by Mikko Myrskyla of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Kieron Barclay of the London School of Economics,analyzed data from 1.5 million Swedish men and women born between the years 1960 and 1991. They considered the relationship of the age of the mother at birth and the characteristics of their children which included their height, grades and their physical fitness. Height and physical fitness were go good representations of the children’s overall health. Their education achievement were also noted which was a determinant for their total occupational and lifetime achievements.
Population and Development Review published their study. According to the study, women who conceived at a a later age results to healthier, taller and educated children. These happen because the longer you will get pregnant the medical technologies continue to improve and there is a better public health.
On a final note, Myrskyla said that the findings of the study should be considered in family decisions. The benefits associated with being born in a later year outweigh the individual risk factors arising from being born to an older mother. We need to develop a different perspective on advanced maternal age. Expectant parents are typically well aware of the risks associated with late pregnancy, but they are less aware of the positive effects