If you are in your 20’s, your Facebook feed is likely to be overflowing with pregnancy announcements and parents sharing photos of their little munchkins ‘looking adorable’, but if instead of diapers you are more focused on promotions, that is not only okay but it might be a wise decision.
According to a new study, conducted by researchers at the London School of Economics, the golden years to have a child is in your 30’s.
Researchers analysed data from the Millennium Cohort Study, which monitors the development of 18,000 British children in order to determine the effects of a mother’s age on the child’s growth and development.
The study determined that children with mothers who got pregnant in their thirties are more likely to be intelligent, score higher in cognitive testing and outperform those women who had children in their twenties or forties.
“First-time mothers in their 30s are, for example, 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 told The Times.
Mothers who give birth in their forties are more likely to breastfeed their children and read to them, however, they are more likely to have obese children as women of this age were less likely to play with their children.
Of course these studies need to be taken with a grain of salt. How can science predict what kind of mother you will be! Either way, it is interesting to consider.