If you’re worried you aren’t “on track” because your life looks different than your mom’s life did at your age, don’t stress: Women are just having kids later now, according to a new report.
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms what many millennial women knew already: Having kids in your 30s instead of your 20s –– or not having kids at all –– is the new normal.
According to the CDC, 2016 was the first year where the majority of women age 25 to 29 did not have kids, albeit by a slim margin (53.8 percent). The average age for women to have their first child in 2016 moved up to 28, up two years from 2014.
The rate of women between 35 and 39 years old having babies went up from 51.8 to 52.6 per 1,000, and the rate of new moms aged 40 to 44 rose from 11.0 to 11.4. Simultaneously, the number of women in their early twenties having babies decreased from 76.8 to 73.7.
So yes, America’s moms are getting older, and that’s not a bad thing.
A recent Danish study says older moms are less stressed, and also less likely to physically punish their kids or yell at them. Most women postponing motherhood are doing it in the name of emotional preparedness and financial stability, an Illinois survey claims — both of which can lead to a more stable home life and happier family.
In other words, times are a’changin’. Feel free to mention that the next time family members ask when you plan to reproduce.