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Being a Mom Is Tough -- But at Least It's Not 1914

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- No one would ever diminish how difficult it is to be a mother in today's world -- even if some celebrities may occasionally be quoted as having said otherwise.

However, when compared to moms in 1914, today's caregivers would appear to have it pretty good.

MyHeritage.com released exclusive data to ABC News tracking moms' evolution over the last century, and some of the differences may lend perspective to how far we've come.

In 1914, "more than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home," according to MyHeritage.

And in contrast to today's popular shopping rituals, there was no such thing back then as a push present afterward. In fact, there was little time dedicated to pampering at all, as "most women only washed their hair once a month and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo."

In the last 100 years, "the average family has decreased in size since 1914 from 3 children to 2 children," said a spokesperson for MyHeritage. But the number of mothers who breastfeed has remained relatively the same.

"Initially 70 percent of women breastfed in 1914 and the number has remained constant today," said the spokesperson. "Although, today women don't breastfeed for as long."

Here are some more facts released by MyHeritage:

Average Age Women Got Married

  • 1914 – 21.6 
  • 2014 – 26.9

Percentage of Women Who Got Divorced

  • 1914 – 0.1%
  • 2014 – 50%

Average Age During First Birth

  • 1914 – 22
  • 2014 – 30

Cost of Weekly Grocery Shopping

  • 1914 - $4
  • 2014 - $200

Percentage of Women in the Work Force

  • 1914 – 19.9%
  • 2014 – 46.3%

Life Expectancy

  • 1914 – 51.8
  • 2014 – 82.2

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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