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Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor

Having a Baby After 33 Can Help You Live Longer

Having a baby after age 33? Your longevity is looking good.

A new study out of Boston University School of Medicine found that women who are able to naturally get pregnant after age 33 tend to live longer. The genetic variants that allow for these later pregnancies seem to also facilitate long lifespans.

"The natural ability to have a child at an older age likely indicates that a woman's reproductive system is aging slowly, and therefore so is the rest of her body," says Thomas Perls, MD, an author of the study.

The study looked at the ages at which 462 women had their last child and how old those women lived to be.

Disclaimer Ladies, do not seek IVF of fertility treatments as some sort of elixir of life — it doesn't work like that. To reiterate, the women who lived longer were able to naturally get pregnant after age 33.

Does longevity run in your family?