Augusta, GA – New studies show women are waiting longer to become mothers. The Centers for Disease Control reports it has been rising for the last 15 years. Andrew spencer breaks it all down in today’s Health Minute.
The average age of women having their first child has risen to 26. That’s the word from the CDC. Back in 2000, it was just under 25-years-old. By 2014, It had risen to 26. Researchers say this is partly because there are fewer mothers under the age of 20. In fact, the teen birth rate has hit an all-time low.
Economic factors also play a role, with an increased number of women putting off motherhood for higher education or a career. This also has ramifications for the U.S. population. Having children later in life means fewer child-bearing years and, therefore, fewer children. Doctors say one area of concern is older women having children increases a mother’s risk of complications, such as gestational diabetes and passing on genetic defects.