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For twentysomethings thinking about how to time their schooling, career advancement, and family building, he offered this advice: they can “reasonably expect optimal health outcomes from delaying motherhood into their thirties.”

Mirowsky put it bluntly in a comment to a reporter for the Daily Mail: “A woman who had her first child at 34 is likely to be, in health terms, 14 years younger than a woman who gave birth at 18.”

While having a first baby at age 34 might be fine, this other study suggests, what’s even more fine is to have a last baby before age 35.

This doesn’t contradict Mirowsky’s findings, exactly. It just means that two different studies came to two slightly different conclusions, and it would be mighty tricky to abide by both of them. For the sake of her long-term health, this collective wisdom goes, a woman should have her first pregnancy at 34—and her last pregnancy before 35.

Adapted from Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? by Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig, Hudson Street Press, Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright © 2012 by Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig.

Henig, Robin Marantz. “What’s the ‘Best Age’ to Have a Baby?” Psychology Today. Sussex Publishers, LLC, 20 Nov. 2012. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.                    

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