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How old were you when you had your first child?

Washington Post
Thursday, May 06, 2010

Between 1990 and 2008, the number of births to mothers older than 35 leaped from 368,000 to 603,000. One in seven babies, or 14 percent of about 4 million newborns in the United States every year, were born to older mothers in 2008. Almost one in four were first-time mothers. The vast majority, 71 percent, had at least some college education before giving birth.

By contrast, births to women younger than 20 declined from 533,000 in 1990 to 441,000 in 2008, or one in 10 babies. The teenage birth rate has declined steadily since 1990, except for a spike in 2006 and 2007.

The statistics reflect far-reaching changes for women in society that affect their decisions on when to marry and start families. The average age for marriage has been rising, as has the share of women who have attended college.


Asked by Anonymous at 9:30 AM on May. 9, 2010 in Just for Fun

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Answers (57)
  • It was 1978, I was 17.

    Answer by louise2 at 9:33 AM on May. 9, 2010

  • 2007...I was 19, married and in college. Got pregnant right after the wedding, it was probably that trip to cabo. :)

    Answer by Amanda7891 at 9:33 AM on May. 9, 2010

  • 1991 I was 16.

    Answer by bjane01 at 9:35 AM on May. 9, 2010

  • I was 32 and 11 months. (lol at my own answer!)

    Answer by kjrn79 at 9:42 AM on May. 9, 2010

  • 2008, i was 26, i got preg on our wedding night feb 14 2008 :)

    Answer by mommylisar at 9:44 AM on May. 9, 2010

  • I'm 28 and will have my first sometime this month.

    Answer by ecodani at 9:49 AM on May. 9, 2010

  • I was 23 when my son was born. My DH and I had been engaged for awhile when we got pregnant. Did things a little different I guess lol. We moved the wedding back until after our son was born instead of the original date when I would've been big!!!!

    Answer by CassiRae3 at 9:53 AM on May. 9, 2010

  • 22

    Answer by Pnukey at 9:57 AM on May. 9, 2010

  • 26

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:02 AM on May. 9, 2010

  • I didnt have my baby yet but I will be 22

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:04 AM on May. 9, 2010