While Researchers Have Speculated That A Mom's Age Is Tied To Her Baby's Birth Weight, No Definitive Studies Were Available To Confirm - Or Refute - That A Baby's Size Is Related To A Mom's Age. However, A New Dutch Study Has Concluded That The A Baby's S

While researchers have speculated that a mom's age is tied to her baby's birth weight, no definitive studies were available to confirm - or refute - that a baby's size is related to a mom's age. However, a new Dutch study has concluded that the a baby's size correlates with his mom's age.
While researchers have speculated that a mom's age is tied to her baby's birth weight, no definitive studies were available to confirm - or refute - that a baby's size is related to a mom's age. However, a new Dutch study has concluded that the a baby's size correlates with his mom's age. Younger women tend to have smaller babies and older women tend to have larger babies, say Dutch researchers. They studied 8,568 Dutch women who had babies between 2002 and 2006.
For the very youngest mothers, the link between age and the risk of delivering a small baby was mostly due to social factors (such as ethnicity, education level, and how many times a woman had given birth before) and lifestyle factors (such as such as diet, smoking and alcohol use). In the other age groups, social factors- but not lifestyle factors - could also explain why younger women tended to have smaller babies. But none of those factors could explain why the risk of having a large baby went up in the oldest women. (Source: Reuters)
The researchers did state that it's not necessarily a mom's age that causes a baby to be larger or smaller, but rather it could also be "her weight, her tobacco and alcohol use, and how many other children she's had." In the end, one of the researchers said that there's not enough information available to pinpoint a optimal age to give birth. So, basically, the study seems to be an FYI!

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