A headline on Yahoo! Shine caught my attention last week. It said women who give birth later in life tend to live longer.
As a woman who had a baby at 40, I was very interested, mostly because I am sure that Youngest is trying her level best to kill me off because I am old and weak.
Anyway, a study was done by researchers at Boston University and Boston Medical Center, according to Yahoo! Shine. They studied women who lived to 95 or older and compared them with 151 women who died at younger ages. What they found was "women who gave birth naturally (without fertility assistance, such as IVF) after the age of 33 were twice as likely to live to the age of 95. And women who gave birth after the age of 40 were four times as likely to live to the age of 100."
So apparently, the odds are that Youngest will be unsuccessful in her quest to finish me off.
When I found out shortly after my 40th birthday that I was expecting, I was substantially less than thrilled. I had already done my time at the McDonald's Playland. I was happy to be past car seats and diapers and could not imagine doing it again. Then I had a conversation that turned me around.
There was a volunteer where I worked who was in her eighties. She was a tiny woman with white, fluffy hair and sparkling eyes. She told me that she, too, had a surprise baby later in life and understood what I was feeling. Then she said she loved all of her children, but that one had always been a special joy. She assured me I would be fine. She was right.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.