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At what age did/will you become a mom the first time?

Posted by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 11:31 AM
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The Average Age of First-Time Moms Around the World -- How Do You Compare?


It might seem as if women in the US have been waiting longer and longer to start families in recent years, but according to a new chart illustrating ages of first-time moms around the world (created using data from the CIA World Factbook, UNICEF, and the China Sixth Nationwide Census), there are plenty of countries across the globe where women are waiting even longer than they are here -- and plenty of others where they're having their first babies much younger. 

And while some of the birth trends are somewhat predictable (more developed countries tend to have older first-time moms, while the majority of countries with very young moms are in less-industrialized nations), some of the statistics might surprise you!
 

Greece

The birth rate in Greece is on the decline (possibly because of the high rate of unemployment and overall economic stability), and women whoare having babies are waiting a while: At 31.20 years, the average age of first-time moms in Greece is the highest in the world.
 

Bangladesh

Thanks in part to easier access to contraceptives, the birth rate in Bangladesh is on the decline, but the average age of women the first time they give birth is still very young: 18.10 years.
 

Australia

The birth rate in Australia has been on the decline in recent years, and women who are starting families are doing so at an average age of 30.50.
 

United Kingdom

As of 2015, there was an average of12.7 births per 1,000 inhabitants in the UK, with a lower average age for first-time moms than some of its European neighbors: 27.80 years.
 

Peru

Peru is the 100th most fertile countryin the world, with 18.28 births per 1,000 people in 2015; moms are 22.20 years old on average when they have their first baby.
 

Italy

With fewer babies born in Italy in 2014since the modern Italian state's formation in 1861, it's no wonder that Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin called the nation a "dying country." As with other countries with low birth rates, the average age for first-time mothers is high: 30.30 years.
 

South Africa

Both infant mortality rate and birth rate are decreasing in South Africa, with the latter falling from 24 births per 1,000 people in 2002 to 22 births per 1,000 people in 2014. The average age of first-time moms? 22.50 years.

Japan

In 2015, Japan experienced its first dip in total fertility rate in nine years, a trend which seems to be reflected in the average age for first-time moms: 30.30 years. 
 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is the only country in its region to be experiencing an increase in birth rate, due in part to a decline in the average age of marriage (23.50). So it makes sense that the average age of first-time moms would be a couple of years down the line: 25.40 years.
 

Luxembourg

Luxembourg is known as "Little Switzerland," so perhaps it's no surprise that the average age for first-time moms is exactly the same as it is in the larger nation: 30.20 years.
 

South Korea

At slightly less than 1.1 births per woman, South Korea has the lowest fertility rate in the world, but the average age of a woman the first time she gives birth is the same as it is in Japan: 30.30 years.
 

Niger

As of 2011, Niger had the world's fastest growing population, so it's no surprise that the average age of first-time moms is low: 18.10 years.
 

Singapore

Singapore has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, with one survey pointing to the high cost of raising a child in the country as one reason. Average age of first-time mothers: 29.80 years.
 

Spain

With an average of 1.27 children bornfor every woman of childbearing age, Spain has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe. The magic number for first-time moms? 29.80 years.
 

Ukraine

There's been a sharp decline in the number of Ukrainian babies being born recently, with the birth rate dropping 12 percent during the first third of 2015. The average age of moms contributing to that birth rate for the first time: 25.80 years.
 

USA

The birth rate in the US finally started to rise in 2014: 3 percent for women between the ages of 30 and 39; 2 percent for women ages 40 to 44; and 1 percent overall. Despite the increased number of moms over 30, the average age for first-timers is still 25.40 years.
 

Switzerland

Beginning the month their child is born, Swiss moms receive a monthly minimum child benefit allowance of approximately $212 per month, which continues until kids are 16. Still, Swiss mothers wait until they're an average of 30.20 years to have their first babies.
 

Turkey

After a major campaign by the Turkish government to increase population, the birth rate has been on the increase in recent years, and younger moms are a big part of the boom -- the average age of first-time mothers in Turkey is 22.30 years.
 

Ireland

In 2012, Ireland recorded the second highest fertility rate in Europe (1.99), but the average age for first-time moms is still exactly the same as it is in less-fertile Spain (and Switzerland): 29.80 years.
 

Angola

With 38.97 births per 1,000 people in 2014, Angola's birth rate is one of the highest in the world. And first-time moms are the youngest in the world: 18.00 years old on average.

 

At what age did/will you become a mom the first time?

by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 11:31 AM
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oliveoil423
by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 11:34 AM
I was 20 when I had my first.
C.H.E.L.S.E.A
by Silver Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 11:39 AM

I had just turned 23 the month before.

shiny76
by Stephine on Mar. 11, 2016 at 11:42 AM

i was 25 with my first and 27 with my second

kiki719
by Bronze Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 1:25 PM
19 with my first 25 with number 2 an 29 with number 3
hiraeth
by Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 1:57 PM

I will be 35 when I have my little man in a few weeks.  Not how I would have planned it, but went through a bad divorce when I was younger which lead me to be very cautious.  Took me a while to find the right man to spend my life with and now things are where they should be. :D

sapphirelibra
by Gold Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 2:42 PM
I was 27 when my first child was born.
Aquarius_RN
by Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 2:59 PM
I was 16.
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acclbentz
by Bronze Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 2:59 PM

20 with my first. 22 with my second. 25 with my third. And I'll be 27 with my fourth.

AG1026
by Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 3:55 PM
I'll be 32 when my lil guy (my 1st) is born in june 2016.
lovely.mess
by Bronze Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 3:58 PM
1 mom liked this
18 with my first
20 with my second
28 with my third
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