Summer Love And Jaguar Babies: More U.S. Women Are Having Babies Later In Life

It’s another record hot summer. But, that won’t stop summer love. And, older ladies in their 40’s and 50’s will be out there lovin’, too. As summer temperatures continue to rise so does the fertility rate of older women.

A June 2015 report released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that while the overall fertility rate for U.S. women has declined, especially among teenagers and women under 30, more women over 40 are having babies. Even more surprising is women over 50 having babies is becoming less rare (but still uncommon at .). For a third of these ladies, this is their first baby.

We know Cougars are women in their 40’s who date younger men. Jaguars are women in their 50’s who like to date younger men. While cougars have been on the prowl for a while. Jaguar love is ascending and may be given rise to Jaguar babies.

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Source: BusinessInsider; data from CDC 2013

Giving birth at a very young or old age is risky for a lady’s health and life. There is an increase risk of stroke and heart attack just to mention a few issues. Also, severe maternal morbidity (SMM) has been steadily increasing in the United States in part due to an increase in maternal age, according to the CDC.  Fifty thousand women experienced SMM while in labor and delivery during 2013 – 2014. But, women want to start their families when they are more secure in their identity, careers and have selected the right partner. Technologies are emerging that are allowing women to continue having babies almost throughout their lifespan. What’s a lady to do?

When you look at 50-year old Janet Jackson and her baby Eissa, who was born in January of this year, it’s hard to believe giving birth when you’re long in the tooth is so risky. Also, while researchers know fertility treatments have resulted in women over 35 getting pregnant, little is known about how women over 50 are getting pregnant.

Of course, you can also find testimonies from older women having babies on Youtube.

Ladies, enjoy your summer and if you’re lucky enjoy your summer love. If you have a baby this spring, please let us know.


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