Having a baby after age 35 can increase your mental health

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By Alyse Barker, Buzz60

Starting a family later in life could be better for your mental health.

According to a recent study by American Geriatric Society, tests were done with 830 middle-aged women, concluding if one has their children later in life, their brainpower will be boosted while protecting one from memory loss.

Brainpower is stronger, they believe, due to the increased amount of hormones that rush the body during pregnancy.

These hormones increase brain function.

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Risk factors for complications during pregnancy

Advanced maternal age

Pregnancy risks are higher for mothers age 35 and older.

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Lifestyle choices

Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs can put a pregnancy at risk.

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Medical history

 A prior C-section, low birth weight baby or preterm birth — birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy — might increase the risk in subsequent pregnancies. Other risk factors include a family history of genetic conditions, a history of pregnancy loss or the death of a baby shortly after birth.

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Underlying conditions

Chronic conditions — such as diabetes, high blood pressure and epilepsy — increase pregnancy risks. A blood condition, such as anemia, an infection or an underlying mental health condition also can increase pregnancy risks.

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Pregnancy complications

Various complications that develop during pregnancy pose risks, such as problems with the uterus, cervix or placenta. Other concerns might include too much amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios) or low amniotic fluid (oligohydramnios), restricted fetal growth, or Rh (rhesus) sensitization — a potentially serious condition that can occur when your blood group is Rh negative and your baby's blood group is Rh positive.

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Multiple pregnancy

Pregnancy risks are higher for women carrying twins or higher order multiples.

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Dr. Roksana Karim, lead author of the study at University of California said "'While it is not enough to suggest that women wait until after 35 years of age to close their family growth, our finding of a positive effect of later age at last pregnancy on late-life cognition is novel and substantial.'

The study states 'it is biologically plausible that a late pregnancy might offer protection against cognitive decline in later life'.

The study also suggest women who have their children earlier in life from ages 15-24 have declining health midlife.

So ladies, if you're planning your family later in life, don't you worry you'll be sharp as a tack thanks to your later pregnancy.

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