Thanks to strong economics and relationships, there are more new mothers in their 40s than ever before.
For the first time, the number of women over the age of 40 who became pregnant each year has surpassed 30,000.
According to data from the Office for National Statistics, women aged 40 and up were the only age group with increased conception rates for the fourth year in a row.
In 2019, 16.7 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 40 and up were recorded, resulting in 30,015 pregnancies.
Both the mother and the infant are at greater danger when a woman in her 40s gives birth.
However, since 1990, when statistics began, the number of pregnancies in this age range has more than doubled.
According to the trend, more people entering middle age are opting for fertility treatments or feeling more secure in their money and relationships.
However, teen pregnancies are on the decline once more. Girls under the age of 18 had a lower conception rate in 2019, dropping from 16.8 per 1,000 in 2018 to 15.8 in 2019.
The figure was almost three times higher in 2007, at 41.6.
The number of conceptions among females under the age of 16 increased by 0.7 percent from 2,413 in 2018 to 2,430 in 2019. Pregnancies are ended in over two-thirds of girls aged 16 and younger, and 54.4 percent of under-18s.
Despite having the steepest annual reduction in conception numbers (12.4 percent), the North-east continues to have the highest rate of girls under the age of 18 in England and Wales.
Dr. Asha Kasliwal, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, warned that teenage pregnancies are still common.
“Even when the pandemic is taken into account, statistics on under-18 conceptions show a drop in adolescent pregnancies,” she said.
“Despite the bright prospects, we cannot afford to remain complacent. The ONS results revealed that the birth rate is dropping. More than half of local authorities had a ward with a rate much higher than the England average.” In England and Wales, there were 821,089 conceptions of all ages in 2019, compared to 839,043 in 2018 – a decline of 2.1 percent and the highest yearly decrease since 2012.