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Every day we wait longer to have a baby and we are mothers at an older age. However, far from the problems that we all already know about the complications that being a mother over 35 can generate, the other side of the coin also exists. A recent study has revealed that the children of late mothers are healthier and have fewer health problems during adulthood.
Although delaying childbearing increases the risk of spontaneous abortions and the appearance of genetic problems such as trisomy 21, which causes Down syndrome, a group of researchers, coordinated by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Germany), after analyzing data from 18,000 American mothers, has given us good news. The results of the study have revealed that the children of late mothers are healthier, taller and have a longer life expectancy. They have also had a lower rate of obesity and other age-related disorders in adulthood than those children of mothers who gave birth when they were under 24 years old. Specifically, the children of women between the ages of 20 and 24 were 5 percent more likely to suffer from diseases in adulthood, and this figure shoots up to 15 percent in the case of mothers between 14 and 19 years.
Undoubtedly, good news for all those women who, either due to studies or due to work or economic needs, have been pushed to delay their motherhood beyond the age of 35. It is curious that factors such as maternal educational level and number of years the mother has lived after birth they are very influential on the health of the child. Thus, the differences in health, height and life expectancy have been related to the maternal educational level and the number of years in which mother and child were alive simultaneously.
And it is that the number of years that the mother spends with her child is what brings the most benefits to the offspring over time. Thus, we find that while at the beginning of the last century, when people had a lower life expectancy, young mothers were the ones who spent more years with their children than those who had them in advanced ages
Today, life expectancy has made it possible for older mothers to also spend many years with their children and, furthermore, it is precisely those with the highest level of education who delay their motherhood the most.
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