(ABC News) – Career, higher education, even finding that right mate. All reasons that a woman might wait to have children.
And, statistics show, more and more women are putting off this milestone.
But new research suggests that women waiting until their 40’s could be increasing their risk for a specific health issue.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota looked at more than 70 thousand women, finding that those who waited until 40 or later to get pregnant for the first, had a 60% increase in the risk of a brain bleed.
The researchers also found hints of an increase in heart disease and non-bleeding strokes. Though this correlation was weaker and may be due to chance.
Fortunately, the overall risk of brain bleeds is low.
And more research is needed before we can say for sure that waiting to have a baby and having this health issue are directly related.
For now, the best thing that a woman can do is to talk with her doctor about all of the considerations that go along with pregnancy and then decide for herself if waiting is the best thing.