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Having babies in their 40's for a long time

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, December 29, 2006 | 1 comments

Women have been having babies well into their 40's for a long time. You can't have 10 or 12 kids, like they did at the turn of the century ,and not be 40! Do the math!


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sure you can be under 40 years old and have 12 kids. Bear in mind, many had first by 17 years old or younger. They had children one right after the other. Just use 2.5 years for each child. Even 12 children, that is 30 years of child bearing. If she started at 17, she would only be 37. I am only 14 months younger than my brother so that isn't even close to the 2.5 years that I alloted in this scenario. i would guess, certain babies were born closer together, others a little further apart. But nevertheless, families needed lots of children back then to survive so popping them out quickly was important.

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