Women over 40 are having more babies than the under 20s for the first time in nearly 70 years, official figures for England and Wales show. The Office for National Statistics data showed there were 697,852 live births in 2015. There were 15.2 births per 1,000 women aged over 40, compared with just 14.5 per 1,000 women in their teens. The last time the over 40s had the higher fertility rate was in 1947, in the wake of WWII. The figures show two key trends in who is having children and when in England and Wales. The teenage pregnancy rate has been in long-term decline and has more than halved from the 33 births per 1,000 teenagers in 1990. Meanwhile, pregnancies have soared in older age groups from 5.3 per 1,000 in 1990. The average age of having a child is now 30.3 - a figure that has been increasing since 1975. Advances in fertility treatment as well as more wo
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As much as this question may appear normal for some women / couples, it can be quite upsetting for others struggling with infertility…. I hear this question way more times than I can care to remember and always wonder why people feel the need to ask….If I wanted to share, I would and if I haven’t, then I would appreciate if people will just respect that and not mention it… In a society like Nigeria and probably many others, having children 9months right after the wedding is encouraged and even during the wedding ceremony, countless people pray for the upcoming celebration in 9months….When the 1st year passes, people will start making comments like are you still in the honeymoon phase? Best to get the babies out now so you can move on to other things….You know you are not getting any younger….You know its best to have kids when you are young so you can have the energy to play with them…. By the 2nd year, people will graduate to more annoying comments, like