Women & motherhood

Becoming a mum later in life: Women share their joys and challenges

Ms Lili Kew with her husband David Ong and their daughters Uli Seven, three, and three-month-old Quin Gavi
Ms Lili Kew with her husband David Ong and their daughters Uli Seven, three, and three-month-old Quin GaviST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

The number of first-time mothers in their 40s has risen sharply, a trend which can be attributed to women attaining higher education levels and marrying later

Older mothers are on the rise, a phenomenon that sociologists say has been brewing worldwide for at least 30 years.

In Singapore, the number of first-time mothers aged between 40 and 49 has jumped more than 80 per cent in 10 years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 08, 2020, with the headline 'Becoming a mum later in life'. Print Edition | Subscribe