Monday, June 09, 2008

Being a mom with babies at my age (42) isn't so bad after all....

"Many centenarian women have a history of bearing children after the age of 35 years and even 40 years. From our studies, a woman who naturally has a child after the age of 40 has a 4 times greater chance of living to 100 compared to women who do not. It is probably not the act of bearing a child in one's forties that promotes long life, but rather, doing so may be an indicator that the woman's reproductive system is aging slowly and that the rest of her body is as well. Such slow aging and the avoidance or delay of diseases that adversely impact reproduction would bode well for the woman's subsequent ability to achieve very old age."

(Source: Perls T, Alpert L, Fretts R. Middle aged mothers live longer. Nature 1997;389:133.)


Mamalama said...

Well, alright! Let's hear it for old-lady mamas! WHOO-HOO!

Persuaded said...

well, my goodness, you surely have some of the most beautiful girl-children ever... i so enjoyed all of the pictures. also, i hope you don't mind, but i liked the "gathering children" poem so much i made apost of it on my own blog:)

i hope you and yours are well!

Anonymous said...

Hey Cuz!

I have to say...your family pics just warm my heart so much. The girls are JUST BEAUTIFUL!! I am so proud of you and your "little" family there. :D I throughly enjoy every visit I make to your webblog.
I miss you all so much...
Love and Hugs!
HEY BTW...still doing family tree stuff..and just stumbled on some new info on our Pool side. We found out..through some DNA testing that our real name is actually Pettypool!! What a trip eh? Somebody obviously didn't like the Petty part and dropped it like a hot potato! LOL!! Could be that they were Petty thiefs? Prolly..knowing THAT side of my family. ugh!

Hind's Feet said...

Bren, you crack me up swimming in your Pool stuff. ;)

Love you!

Anonymous said...

As my mom is fond of saying, "The later children keep you young." :)

-- Julie down the road ;)

P.S. Thanks for the email. :)