1 Health Advantage to Being an 'Old' Mom

halle berryFinally, some good news for "old moms." A new study has found that, for some older women, the genes that allow them to get pregnant naturally later on in life also make it likely that they'll live longer. The Boston University School of Medicine research found that women who conceive after the age of 33, without drugs or fertility treatments, have a good chance of living longer than those who had their last kid before 30. (It's also worth noting that this isn't the first time scientists have found a link between the age a mother is when her last child is born and longevity.)

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"We think the same genes that allow a woman to naturally have a kid at an older age are the same genes that play a really important role in slowing down the rate of aging and decreasing the risk for age-related diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer," said Thomas Perls, a lead researcher of the study. Perls also pointed out that Halle Berry, who had her last baby at 46, probably has these genes.

It's widely known that women are having babies later these days. Be it because they've chosen to put their careers first, they got married later on, or they just weren't ready for kids, advanced maternal pregnancies aren't uncommon. They certainly don't come without risks, so it's refreshing to hear about something good being associated with being an older mom for once.

And then there's the whole dying thing ...

After giving birth, barring there are no problems or complications, one of the more pervasive thoughts of older moms is the notion of, to put it bluntly, dying when their kids are on the younger side (or, as the media likes to remind us, being X years old when our kids graduate college). Although clearly more research needs to be done, it's nice to see a glimmer of hope, telling women who had children later that there is a good chance they'll be in their children's lives for a long, long time. What parent wouldn't want to hear that?

Of course, no research is ever one-size-fits-all for the masses, and Perls noted that most of the women they studied had a history of longevity in their family, but hey, we'll take what we can get, right? Long live the older mom.

How old were you when you had your last kid?

 

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