This is the average age women in the UK have their first baby

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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From Cosmopolitan

If you scroll through your Facebook feed, it seems like pretty much everyone around you is racing ahead with their lives; buying houses, getting engaged, having babies. Having babies. Aren't we too young for that shit? (Literally, so much shit.)

But while no-one can judge how ready you feel to pop a sprog out your nether regions aside from you, we can take a look at recent data from the Office of National Statistics to find out the average age women across England and Wales are becoming first-time mamas these days. And it's got a lot older as the years have gone on.

While decades ago, it would be have been more unusual for a woman not to have had kids yet by the time she approached 30, nowadays the average age for women to become first-time mums is 28. Well, 28.8 if we're being specific. Which we are.

That data comes from the 2017 statistics, which were released today, and what it shows is that women are getting gradually older as they become first-time mums. Although the average age of first-time motherhood hasn't increased at all from the 2016 statistics (the average age was 28.8 then, too) looking at the figures from 2015, it's clear that women are leaving it slightly later every year. The average age for first-time motherhood in 2015 was 28.6, a whole 0.2% of a year earlier.

And unsurprisingly, men appear to be leaving it later a few years later before they put their dad hats on; the average age of all fathers to babies born in 2016 (not just first-time dads) was 33.4 years old - older than the average age of dads in 2016 by 0.1 years.

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This information isn't surprising given it was revealed in 2016 that for the first time ever, the number of women who gave birth over the age of 40 was higher in the UK than the number of women who gave birth under the age of 20. That was a pretty big turnaround, indicating both that sex education is perhaps becoming more effective, and that women are likely focussing more on their careers before embarking upon motherhood.

So that's what everyone else seems to be doing; now it's up to you to decide when the time is right (if at all).

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