Here’s One Advantage for Moms Who Give Birth Over Age 30

posted: 12/22/15
by: Courtney Reimer
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If you've given birth past age 30 you've probably heard your fair share of bad news about giving birth past age 30 -- especially if you've become a mom post-35, which is when the medical professionals start classifying you as being of "advanced maternal age." (Very rude, if you ask me!)

So this will likely perk up your day a bit: a new study says that the children of over-30 moms are more intelligent. The British journal Biodemography and Social Biology reported the results of the study of 18,000 children, and found that the children born to those mothers score significantly better in tests of cognitive ability over time.

"First-time mothers in their 30s are, for example, likely to be more educated, have higher incomes, are more likely to be in stable relationships, have healthier lifestyles, seek prenatal care earlier and have planned their pregnancies," one of the researchers, Alice Goisis, told The London Times.

Of course, it's not all perfectly good news for "older" new moms. Turns out those who give birth after 40 do tend to breastfeed more and read to their kids more, but tend to play with their kids less. As an over-40 mom myself, this comes with little surprise. I can tell you it can be a little more than painful on the joints to get up and down off the ground repeatedly -- I'm certainly less buoyant than in my 20s and 30s.