More and more Brit women aged 40 and above are following the
footsteps of Hollywood stars like Nicole Kidman and entering motherhood in later life.
According to the official figures, 25,400 mothers conceived
in a year, which was an increase of six per cent.
There were 12.2 conceptions for every 1,000 women over 40 in
2006 compared to 11.5 before and in London the number went up to 22 per 1,000.
"There are a lot of celebrities like Nicole Kidman who delay
pregnancies now, making it more socially acceptable," The Sun quoted Tony
Kerridge, of sexual health agency Marie Stopes International, as saying.
"Things are moving ahead with fertility techniques so it may
be a trend we will see continue," he added.
The figures also revealed that there were 221,400
pregnancies between 25-29 years of age and the rates also increased 7,500 for
those in their 30s.
The conceptions outside marriage have also increased
from 47 per cent in 1995 to 56 per cent at present.