Pregnancy Over the Age of 40 Risks

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There are many reasons why being pregnant over the age of 40 are terrific. Statistics bear out that "mature" mothers raise children who are more likely to do well in school and lead successful, professional lives. Not to say that younger mothers can't do this but the statistics show that a higher proportion of older mother raises children who go on to be "successful" adults. This is a great benefit to those older mothers who wishes to raise a child.

Of course there are risks with conceiving at this age. One of the primary concerns your doctor will have is chromosomal problems that lead to Down syndrome. Studies indicate that your pregnancy has a 1 in 42 chance of having a baby with Down syndrome compared to the 1 in 1562 when you were in your 20s. Due to the health issues surrounding the pregnancy, your doctor will offer extra testing to determine chromosome problems your fetus may have which would be amniocentesis. Now, with this test, there is a 1 in 200 chance of losing your baby. This test is completely optional so you will have to determine the risks and benefits of this test.

Other risks that you are more prone to since you are over 40 depend on your overall health. Some studies have shown that women of a more advanced age see an increased risk of growth problems, preterm labor, preeclampsia, high blood pressure, and diabetes. You should not be too worried as your age alone does not automatically mean you or your baby will experience any of these problems but they are real risks that you will want to keep in mind. If you are in overall good health, studies have shown that your risks will not be too great when compared to a younger woman.

Try not to worry about what could go wrong too much. Though some of the risks do seem frightening, you should enjoy your pregnancy and the thought of your future baby as, again, you will be more likely to provide a stable, nurturing environment that your child needs to thrive.

Getting pregnant is possible and many women have successfully brought a baby into this world. Keep an open mind and keep yourself as healthy as possible. To learn more about curing infertility in women, please take a moment to read this article and please visit for more information. Good luck and don't lose hope.

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