(CNN) – If you see more older women having children, there’s a reason, and ramifications. New data shows women are waiting longer to become mothers.
The CDC says its been rising for the last 15-years. The average age of women having their first child has risen to 26. That’s the word from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention.
Back in 2000, it was just under 25-years-old, by 2014, it had risen to 26. Researchers say this is partly because there are fewer mothers under the age of 20. In fact, the teen birth rate has hit an all-time low.
Economic factors also play a role with an increased number of women putting off motherhood for higher education or a career. This also has ramifications for the U.S. population. Having children later in life means fewer child-bearing years, and therefore, fewer children.
One area of concern, doctors say older women having children increases a mothers risk of complications, like gestational diabetes, and passing on genetic defects.