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Pregnancy and Age

May 9, 2014

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More and more American women are delaying having their first child until they're in their late-30's or early-40's, a new government report indicates.

The finding just issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals that the rate of women who wait to have their first baby until they are between 35 and 39 rose roughly 6-fold between 1973 and 2012, after a slight dip from 2006 to 2010.

More women than ever before are now waiting until they are between 40 and 44 with that group's first-birth rate quadrupling since 1985.

The aging trend among first-time moms has affected all races, since 1990. And since 2000 it has also touched most parts of the country. In fact first birth rates among those 35 to 39 rose in 46 states while rates among those 40 to 44 jumped in 31.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines, with health information for your entire family.