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Giving Birth In Your 30s Can Boost Your Baby’s Cognitive Abilities, Research Shows

Giving Birth In Your 30s Can Boost Your Baby’s Cognitive Abilities, Research Shows

There are pros and cons of giving birth at any age. In your 20’s your fertility is high and your body is much more resilient to the physical demands of pregnancy. In your 30’s you feel more established in your career and feel ready to start a family. In your 40’s you have a strong self identity and in many cases less financial worries. Nevertheless, is there an ideal time that would benefit the baby?

A recent study, published in the journal Biodemography and Social Biology, found that babies born to mothers in their 30’s will be healthier and more intelligent than some babies born to mothers who are in their 20’s during childbirth and especially babies born to mothers who are in their 40’s when they give birth.

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Researchers from the London School of Economics looked at data from more than 18,000 children enrolled in the Millennium Cohort Study and tried to understand the impact a mother’s age has on the well-being and intelligence of her children. They were able to determine babies born by 30-somethings had the highest scores on cognitive tests at age 5.

Although you might be thinking the reason behind this is genetics or age, the research suggests that the benefits have more to do with the mothers social and financial standing. In fact, eighty-five percent of women over the age 35 are married, which makes it more likely that they have their partner’s financial and emotional support.

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“First-time mothers in their 30’s are, for example, likely to be more educated, have higher incomes, are more likely to be in stable relationships, have healthier lifestyles, seek prenatal care earlier, and have planned their pregnancies,” explained Dr. Alice Goisis. She added women in this age group are also less likely to smoke and more likely to breastfeed and read to their children, all of which contribute to the child’s increase in intelligence.

Of course, there are downsides of waiting to start a family as well. Chances of miscarriages, low fertility and birth defects continue to increase with a mothers age. In some cases, 40 something parents reported that they had less energy to keep up with the parenting lifestyle resulting in higher rates of obesity among their children. However, other more optimistic parents in their 40’s argued that having young children keeps them active and healthy.

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All in all, you have to do what is right for you and your situation. Regardless of age, if you are confident you are ready to start a family then by all means go for it. If you are not ready then having the emotional maturity to wait will most likely benefit your future baby. It seems to me that as long as you do the right things during pregnancy, read to your children and maybe throw in a little Mozart, who knows, you may have the next baby Einstein.

Then again, if you’re a mother in her 30’s secretly thinking “Woohoo!”, it might be time for a little victory dance.

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Do you have any tips to help your baby’s intellect? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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