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Is 40 too old for childbirth?

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01-30-2012, 01:29 AM
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Is 40 too old for childbirth?

I am about to turn 41. I know within the next couple of years I want to have a child. I had a child when I was 20, but had to give it up for adoption. I did not want to keep having children without being married. Now that I am older, I would like to have a child.

Is 40 too old to have a child?



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01-30-2012, 05:58 PM
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Is 40 too old for childbirth?

(01-30-2012 01:29 AM)classy_ally Wrote:  I am about to turn 41. I know within the next couple of years I want to have a child. I had a child when I was 20, but had to give it up for adoption. I did not want to keep having children without being married. Now that I am older, I would like to have a child.

Is 40 too old to have a child?


Technically, no, not necessarily. Your body could potentially carry and give birth to a perfectly healthy child.

You should keep in mind that past the age of 35, though, there are certain risks that start increasing, so I would highly suggest talking to your doctor about it. You should also think about whether or not you feel like you can keep up with a toddler at this point, what your health could be like in 15 years when they're still young enough to need your care, etc.



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01-31-2012, 01:31 PM
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Is 40 too old for childbirth?

It certainly is not too old but you do have to seriously consider the consequences that come from child birth in later life. A woman who has a child at 41 is 10 times more likely to have a child with Down's Syndrome than a woman less than 30. By age 45, the risk is 25 times higher. Additionally, other birth and developmental defects also become increasingly more frequent as we age.

One of the consequences that comes with this is whether you would be willing to abort if the child had a serious developmental condition or whether you would choose to look after your child well into your 80s. It is not a decision to be taken lightly.



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Post: #4
01-31-2012, 06:45 PM
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RE: Is 40 too old for childbirth?

I do not think 40 is old by any means. Doctors say you will be advanced maternal age. It means that you will be at more risk for having a child with birth defects. There are tests toget during pregnancy to see if you get them. Like Annmagic said it's all up to youif you could look after your child if something was to happen like that.

I think it's everyone's own personal opinion and their choice.



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02-20-2012, 10:36 AM
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RE: Is 40 too old for childbirth?

These days, it's possible to prepare yourself for a healthy pregnancy with diet and exercise, because we know so much more about nutrition. While there is obviously a risk of Downs Syndrome, if you ensure that you are in good health before conception, that risk is minimised. Good luck!



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02-22-2012, 11:48 AM
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RE: Is 40 too old for childbirth?

Nowadays 40 is not too old to have a child. The older you are the more risks are involved, but if you are reasonably healthy and proceed sensibly then there is no reason you shouldn't get pregnant. And the midwife/doctor will monitor you more closely as well, although they do this for all first time mums as a matter of course.



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02-22-2012, 09:04 PM
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RE: Is 40 too old for childbirth?

As the others say, advances in health care means that there are not as many risks in a 40 year old becoming pregnant as there used to be - but it would be foolish to ignore the risks that do exist.

As well as the physical side, I really do think you have to be sure that in your mid-50s you will be able to cope with the demands of bringing up a teen.

I'm not for one minute saying don't go ahead with a pregnancy in your 40s, but you need to be realistic to save any surprises later on.



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