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Older Mother? Longer Life

Aug. 14, 2014|302 views
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So as you know I don’t particularly love being pregnant…

Ok lets be honest here… I don't’ like, love or care for  being prego at all. My deepest apologizes for those of you that feel great, beautiful and all that.

Personally I could skip the whole 9 months and would be just as happy, although I have to admit, I do take some cute bump pics.

Right now at almost 9 months, pregnant for the 4th time with a VJJ that is killing me no matter how I sit, wobbling like a penguin each time I try to walk and unable to sleep cause breakfast, lunch and dinner gather to visit at once each time I lay down, I wonder… Why did I chose to get pregnant AGAIN at my age.

Well, if you can relate to that then I have some news for you girlfriend. There is a new study that suggests that  getting pregnant older in life might be connected to actually, living longer, much longer…

Look at these facts: "Women who are naturally able to have children later in life tend to live longer, too. They might even have exceptional longevity. That's the surprising conclusion of a new study published recently by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine."

Among other things, the study revealed that women who are able to conceive and have children after 33 years (that's me) of age are more likely to possess genetic variants that may be linked to an extended lifespan, compared to women who have their last baby before 30. In fact, they're more then twice as likely to live to be 95 or older than women who stopped having babies before the age of 30.

Experts caution, though, that this doesn't mean women should start waiting longer to start a family. That's unlikely to have any effect on longevity, since the link between age of last birth and lifespan is dependent on the mother's genetic makeup, and cannot be altered. Rather, the ability to have a child later in life is indicative of a slower rate of aging. To put it simply; among women who are able to have successful pregnancies later in life, the reproductive system is aging more slowly than "normal." The rest of the body is aging more slowly, too.

This is not the first time researchers have noted a link between older motherhood and longevity. The New England Centenarian Study turned up evidence that women who are able to have a baby after the age of 40 are four times more likely to live to the age of 100 than women who gave birth to their last child in their 20s.

So, there is some light at the end of the tunnel, we are miserable, more miserable perhaps because we are older but we will live longer and get to talk about it for generations to come.

Ah!? And in case you are wondering, yes I am having another boy. 4 pregnancies, and 4 boys. What are the chances hmm? Well if you mean the chances of having a girl, I would say 0 for me cause it has been proven my husband simply put. Does not have any female sperm in his manufacturing equipment. End of Story :-)

 

Boston University Medical Center. "Reproduction later in life is a marker for longevity in women." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 June 2014.

Sun F1, Sebastiani P, et al. Extended maternal age at birth of last child and women's longevity in the Long Life Family Study.Extended maternal age at birth of last child and women's longevity in the Long Life Family Study.

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