New age mother so 35 years? Don’t worry, this is usually
The women, who recently became a mother at the age of 35 years, no need to worry, because a study in the journal International Journal of Epidemiology showed pregnancy at that age could make a child born more intelligent.
In that study, children who were born from mothers who are older (35 annual) tend to be better in tests of cognitive ability than those born from young mothers.
“Our study is the first to look at how the cognitive ability of children born to oldermothers shifted over time and what role in this shift,” said study leader Alice Goisis,researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
According to the study, this shift is caused, among others, changes in the characteristics of women who have children at an older age. Older mothers tend to be more disadvantaged than young mothers–for example, they are more educated, tend not to smoke during pregnancy and established his career. This condition is not entirely true in the past.
For the purposes of the study, the researchers analyzed data from three longitudinalstudies in the United Kingdom, namely the National Child Development Study in 1958 British Cohort Study in 1970 and the Millennium Cohort Study of 2001.
The studies tested the cognitive ability of children when they are 10/11 years old. On the study of the 1958 and 1970 known children born to mothers aged 25-29 yearsgaining higher exam numbers than those born of mothers aged 35–39 years.
However, the study in 2001 showed the results otherwise. This happens when the researchers incorporated the variable of the economic and social characteristics, so it appears the difference.
This suggests that the changes in the characteristics of women who have children atan older age may be the reason these findings.
“Cognitive ability is important for children because it is a strong predictor of how they live their lives in the future—in terms of educational achievement, work and their health,” said Goisis as reported by the Indian Express.