Myth about Age for Child Bearing


What you should know about timing for child bearing
Myth dates back to antiquityand every one of us have been told stories that have eventually influenced our perception, belief or values on specific issues.

One school of thought consider myth as primitive and failed counterpart of science, Max Müller considers it a “disease of language”, James Frazer called it a misinterpretation of magical ritual.

What do you think of myths or generally accepted belief? in an information age such as now, issues are becoming clearer and demystified by discoveries.  
This research might give a different view of  the appropriate age for child bearing.

Myth 1
It’s best not to give birth until at least within early 20s”.
  • Contrary to this belief, research finding, showed that the state of health of women in mid-life is the same for both women who had their first child in their teens or early 20s.
  • Women who have their first child in their mid-20s to mid-30s have better health at age 40 than those who have their first child in their teens or early 20s.

Myth 2
“Unmarried women who have children will be healthier if they eventually get married”
  • Rather, study showed that when single black mothers get married later in life, they had worse health at age 40 than those who stayed single.

The Research
Over 3,300 American women who have had their first child between ages 15 and 35 were studied between 1979 and 2008.The women rated their own health when they were 40 years old in a study of women health. And the following were the findings
  • Those with their first child between 25 to 35 years old reported better health than those who had their first child between ages 15 to 19, or 20 to 24.
  • At age 40, there were no significant health differences between women who had their first child in their teens or early 20s.

Aim

Note that the study published in the issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior was not intended to prove a cause-and-effect relationship between early childbirth and worse health at 40, despite the establishment of a possible association.
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