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- Updated: May 12, 2014
With each passing year there are more and more women who are putting off getting pregnant until a later age. This was according to a study released by the government on Friday and was issued by the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They analyzed data from over the last four decades and found some interesting facts.
In the year 2012, the number of first time mothers who were over the age of 35 years old increased nine fold. This is as compared to first-time mothers in the 1970s. In fact, for women between the ages of forty to forty-four first birth rates rose to about 35% between the periods of 2000 to 2012. There was also a rise seen in first birth-rates of women between the ages of thirty-five to thirty-nine by almost 24%.
What’s even more surprising is that the first-birth rate for women between the ages of forty to forty-four years has grown two-fold since 1990. It was seen in the past 20 years, that there was a shifting trend to women becoming first-time mothers at a later age. Also it this was seen reflected across all races. One of the highest increases was seen in non-Hispanic white and black women as well as Asian or Pacific Islander women.
The study even included research based on first-time birth rates and how they differed from state to state. The researchers have pointed out some concerns about women who are older trying to conceive and becoming first-time mothers. The shift, they found, had become rampant due to older mothers having higher sources of income and even being more experienced and better educated. However, it was even found that women who were above the age of thirty-five years old are highly likely to have health problems and so are the children.