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Wanting a baby at 43

By September 25, 2012 - 6:06am
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Hi Love another,

Thanks for posting! After the age of 35, fertility starts to decline,fewer eggs are available, and the health of those eggs may not be as great as those you had when you were younger. 

Medical advances have made it possible for women over 35 to have safer pregnancies than in the past, however there are risk factors that you should be aware of. 


Birth defects. As a woman gets older, she's more likely to give birth to a child who has a birth defect. That's due to abnormalities in the chromosomes. Women are traditionally considered to be at high risk for chromosomal abnormalities starting at age 35.

Miscarriage.  The odds of miscarriage are 12% to 15% for women in their 20s. That rises to about 25% for women at age 40. That's because chromosomal abnormalities, which make miscarriage more likely, are more likely in older women.

Women older than 35 are also more likely to experience stillbirth (delivering a baby that dies before birth), and to have a low-birth-weight baby (weighing less than 5.5 pounds at birth).

I hope you think about this and whatever decision you decide I hope it bears in mind your future as well as the unborn child's. 

Best of luck,


September 25, 2012 - 6:52am
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