According to new research and stats from the CDC, the pregnancy and birth rate for women over 40 years of...
According to new research and stats from the CDC, the pregnancy and birth rate for women over 40 years of age is rising. The CDC reports that in 2008 birth rates fell among women in their teens, twenties, and thirties but the 40-to-44 age bracket saw a 4% increase in birth rate. Birth rates also increased for mothers over 45 years of age. Additionally, women over 40 were also reported as being more likely to be first-time mothers than in past years. Is this a good thing or not? Well, it depends on the mama for sure. There are downsides to having a baby after 40. It can be harder to conceive, you may not have as much energy (and kids take a lot of energy), and you may be more at risk for medical problems such as diabetes or hypertension as you age. You baby may also be at risk for issues like autism. On the flip side you may be more settled, have a better job, more money and just overall be more ready for kids. See more pros and cons of having a baby when you're older. *Source

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