A new U.S. study published in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior shows that young pregnant women could develop health problems in their 40s. This is the first American study that proves that it is better to wait a little longer in order to have your first child, not for the sake of your career, but for the sake of your health as well.
According to the American researchers, the women who give birth at ages between 20 and 24 or younger have more health problems than the women who only give birth between the ages of 25 and 35.
The author of the study, Kristi Williams, explained why birth affects the young women around 10 years, or more after giving birth. More than 3,000 women were monitored between 1979 and 2008 for the research. The women had ages between 15 and 35 when they gave birth for the first time. The researchers focused on their wealth once they reached 40. Reports showed that the younger mothers had more health problems in their 40s than the women who had a child after the age of 24. There was no health difference at 40 between the teenage mothers and the mothers who gave birth their early 20s.
They rejected the idea that single parents who marry later will be healthier. Apparently, the women who remained single were healthier than the African American women who were single parents and married later in life. Williams says that marriage doesn’t improve your health as was believed by some people and that the conclusions of this experiment will be beneficial for the health of some women that are African American.
Finding a marriage partner that has a good economic situation can prove very difficult for some African American mothers, and so health problems later in life can be caused by stressful situations. Williams also stated that the campaigns that promoted marriage were unsuccessful and that it may be a good thing for some mothers’ health.
Williams is still concerned that young pregnant women could develop health problems in their 40s, so she recommends an optimum age of over 24 to the women who want to become mothers. Every year, around 750,000 teenage girls become pregnant in the U.S., with 82% of them being unplanned. The research also showed that most American women give birth at ages between 20 and 24(one third), and most of them are single.
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