Apr 18, 2024 - News

More Ohio babies being born to moms in their 30s

Share of Ohio babies born to mothers in select age&nbspgroups
Data: CDC Wonder; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Almost 50% of babies in Ohio were born to mothers aged 30 or older last year, according to provisional CDC data.

Why it matters: 35 has transformed from the start of what physicians once called "geriatric pregnancies" to potentially a maternal-age sweet spot.

  • Meanwhile, the number of teenage pregnancies has plummeted to 4%.

The intrigue: Pregnancy risks do increase with age. But the effects are much more pronounced after age 40, compared to 35.

  • On the other hand, some research suggests that being 35+ and pregnant could lead to better brainpower after menopause and a smaller gender wage gap.

Go deeper: Pregnancy at age 35 can have benefits

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