The worry about the best age to have kids hangs over a lot of women. We're constantly reminded that our ovaries burst into flames when we turn 30. Or something like that. And it can have a huge effect on our life decisions. But research shows that we may be starting to buck the trend.
The Centers for Disease Control released preliminary numbers that showed birth rates of 103 for every 100,000 for women between 30 and 34. But interestingly, the number for females 25 to 29 was only 102 per 100,00. That means that women are having more children in their early 30s than in their late 20s— and that's something new. In part, experts think it's linked to marriage being pushed back later in life, but maybe we're also just losing our fixation with the biological clock a little.
Because as much as we're obsessed with age, it's important to remember that there are other factors that shape our fertility, too. Some of it is just down to our genes. "Certainly genetics have a lot to do with diagnoses like Premature Ovarian Insufficiency, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, and Hyperprolactinemia," integrative women's health and fertility expert Debra Gerson, tells Bustle can all affect fertility. "However, we are seeing more lifestyle and environmental influences on fertility ... [such as] poor lifestyles with too little sleep and too much caffeine.