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Women who give birth in their 30s more likely to have smarter children

Published 19/12/2015 | 12:36

Children born to women in their thirties are smarter than those born to women in their twenties or forties, according to new research
Children born to women in their thirties are smarter than those born to women in their twenties or forties, according to new research

Women who give birth in their thirties are more likely to have smarter and healthier children than women in their twenties or forties, according to new research.

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British researchers at the London School of Economics examined data from the Millennium Cohort Study, which tracks how a mother's age affects the development of her child.

The study is following 18,000 children and the children examined for this research were aged 5.

The researchers found that the children born to women in their thirties performed better in cognitive tests than those born to women in their twenties.  They also did marginally better than mothers in their forties.

Speaking to The Times, researcher Alice Goisis said, "First-time mothers in their 30s are, for example, likely to be more educated, have higher incomes, are more likely to be in stable relationships, have healthier lifestyles, seek prenatal care earlier and have planned their pregnancies."

The researchers also found that children born to women in their forties were more prone to obesity and that these mothers were less likely to play with their children.  However, the researchers added that they needed more research on this group of women as the selected sample was small - just 53 women.

On the plus side, older mothers were found to be less likely to smoke, and more likely to breastfeed.

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