The average new mom is older than ever

The average new mom in the United States is older than ever — but the reason might surprise you.

Women are starting families later. But the main force behind the trend is a dramatic drop in births to teens. That drove up the average age at which women give birth to their first child to 26.3 years in 2014, from 24.9 years in 2000, according to data released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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