If you’re around age 40 and trying to get pregnant - take hope in the fact that women who have babies in their 40s have longer lives! The benefits of late motherhood are physical, social, and emotional.
According to the University of Utah, women how have babies naturally in the 40s or 50s tend to live longer than other women (it may be different for women coping with infertility and using in vitro fertilization or other solutions for infertility).
“If women in your family give birth at older ages, you may well have a chance of living longer than you would otherwise,” says the study’s lead author, Ken Smith, a professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah. “If you have a female relative who had children after age 45, then there may be some genetic benefit in your family that will enhance your longevity.”
Heredity - far more than environmental factors - plays a role in prolonged fertility and longer lifespans.
Having a baby after age 45?! This study shows that women who had “late fertility” - a birth at age 45 or older - were 14 to 17% less likely to die during any year after age 50 than women who did not deliver a child after age 40. Smith says scientists believe genes account for up to 25% of differences in longevity.
Other studies found that late menopause also is associated with women having prolonged fertility and longevity. So the later your menopause is, the longer you may live! And the more chances you have to conceive a baby (especially important if you’re coping with unknown infertility, or are trying other ways to get pregnant).