Finally, some fertility news we can get on board with. While we are normally bombarded with news of our ticking biological clock and scaremongering stories telling women to procreate immediately or risk ending up childless, today's headlines offer a different story.
New research by scientists at Portugal’s Coimbra University found that women who gave birth in their thirties may live longer than those who started a family in their teens or twenties.
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The study, published in the Journal of Public Health, compared life expectancies of mothers in European countries at 65 to the age which they had children.
"The most relevant result shows that women tend to live longer the older they are when they get pregnant (in particular, for the first child)," the report stated. "The most surprising factor is the age of women at pregnancy, which may provide evidence to promote pregnancy in the early 30s," it continued.
Although these findings may come as a pleasant surprise to women who started a family in their thirties, it is worth noting that the researchers behind the study have not provided scientific evidence explaining the direct link between later pregnancy and increased life expectancy.
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Fertility experts have suggested that it may be that women who managed to conceive at an older age had a certain DNA marker that was linked to longevity, the U.K.'s The Independent reported. Furthermore, fertility expert Lord Winston suggested in the U.K.'s Daily Mail that the findings might be because women who conceive later in life are more likely to be wealthier and more highly educated, and therefore have a healthier lifestyle and live longer.
This post was written by Elizabeth Bennett. For more, check out our sister site Grazia.
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