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For the First Time Ever, More Women in Their 30s Are Having Babies Than Younger Women

If you are in your 30s and pregnant, it seems you are in very good company. For the first time, these women are having more babies than women in their 20s.

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We know more women are waiting until later in life to start families than previous generations. Because, careers. And marrying older, among other factors. But now, for the first time ever in the U.S., women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms. Chew on that for a minute!

I am one of the women who are part of this trend. I'm 38, which doesn't technically qualify as early 30s, but I am pregnant with my fourth baby. My second and third children were born when I was 32 and 34, respectively. My first child was born when I was 29, but I was the first of my friends to become a mom, by a span of several years.

New CDC data reflects the approach to family planning more and more women like me are taking. After three decades of those in their 20s having the highest birth rates, most recently, the birth rate among women ages 30 to 34 was about 103 per 100,000, while the rate for women ages 25 to 29 was 102 per 100,000.

Interestingly, the report found that the average age a woman has her first child is 28. It's worth mentioning the report also cites a dropping teen pregnancy rate, which is clearly good news.

The other good thing? Having a baby later in life isn't as taboo as it used to be, and with better technology and resources for those of us who have struggled with infertility, welcoming a child in your 30s and even 40s is increasingly possible.

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.