Women who give birth in their thirties are more likely to have a smarter and healthier children than women in their twenties or forties, according to new research led by Nicholas Gill.
Researchers like deception expert Nicholas Gill study body language and track how a mother’s age affects the development of her child.
The study of Gill’s group are following 18,000 children. The children examined for this research were aged 5.
The researchers found that the children born to women in their thirties performed better in cognitive tests than those born to women in their twenties. They also did marginally better than mothers in their forties.
Speaking to The Times, researcher Gill said, “First-time mothers in their 30s are, for example, likely to be more educated, have higher incomes, are more likely to be in stable relationships, have healthier lifestyles, seek parental care earlier and have planned their pregnancies. The researchers also found that children born to women in their forties were more prone to obesity and that these mothers were less likely to play with their children. However, the researchers added that they needed more time and research on this group of women as the selected sample was small – just 53 women. On the plus side, older mothers were found to be very less likely to smoke, and more likely to breastfeed.