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The Surprising Benefits Of Having Children Later In Life


If you need a scientific support behind your ‘thesis’ that having children later in life is actually better, this is for you. You’re welcome.

The researchers at the London School of Economics and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research studied 1.5 million Swedish citizens, born between 1960 and 1991, and discovered some surprising benefits of having children later in life.

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A new study reveals that having children later in life has many benefits

 

 Whenever someone mentions your ”biological clock” again, make sure to tell them that this new study found that children who were born to older parents were more likely to be taller, healthier and more educated. Beat that, aunties.

Also, compared to their siblings who were born first, that is, when their parents were younger, they had better results on standardized tests.

Why is it so, though? The researchers explain that the answer lies in an overall social improvement in the Western world over the years, with the better access to both healthcare and education. This implies that the longer one waits before having a baby, the higher the chances that life will be better for your child. And while the research results generalization may be somewhat limited given the fact that Sweden stands out from the rest of the world, thanks to its free college education, the study may still be applicable to countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, where many women delay motherhood in favor of their education or career.

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Overall, the researchers’ final conclusion is that the benefits of having children later in life either equal or outweigh the potential negative effects (like a higher risk for Down syndrome, hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer’s later in the child’s life). And while it is harder for women to get pregnant at an older age, if they do, they have every reason to think that their little one will be ahead of the pack.