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30s Are the New 20s When It Comes to Baby-Making

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For more than three decades, women in their late 20s had the highest birth rates, but that changed last year, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, for the first time, women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms in the United States. Health experts say the shift is due to more women waiting longer to have children and the ongoing drop in the teen birth rates.

The data explains why it's more common to see older parents with kids in elementary or high school, and fewer teen pregnancies. Now, the average age when women have their first child is about 28.

Although these stats shouldn't affect your baby-making plans, they should make you feel better if you're nearing the big 3-0, or have surpassed it, with unrealized plans to have kids. You sure aren't the only one.

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