More Older Women are Getting Pregnant — Younger Women, Not So Much

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It’s been a growing trend for a while now and a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that younger women are still delaying pregnancy, while higher numbers of older women are getting pregnant. The pregnancy rate for women in their early 20s decreased by 18 percent from 1990 to 2008, while the rate for women ages 40 to 44 went up about 65 percent during that time period (that’s a big jump!). The rate also grew for women in their 30s. There were 78.5 births per 1,000 women ages 35-39 in 2008, compared to the 67.5 per 1,000 women in 2000. For women 30-34 years old, there were 131.1 births per 1,000 women in 2000, but in 2008, there were 141.2 births per 1,000 women.

What do you think of these statistics? How old were you when you got pregnant?

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