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I'm about 45 years old can I have a baby

By Anonymous August 23, 2014 - 10:37pm
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Hi Anon,

Thank you for reaching out and sharing your question with EmpowHER! Having a baby is always a big decision, especially later in life. 

Depending on who you ask, there are different pros and cons associated with having a baby at an older age. But more women are having babies later in life these days and are giving birth to healthy babies. 

Some cons to consider include that it is sometimes more difficult to conceive later in life, the larger age difference between you and your baby, and higher risk of health complications including miscarriage, birth defects and pre-mature birth.

Although those cons are important to talk about and consider, there are also many pros and benefits to having a baby at 45! At an older age, you definitely have many more life experiences and knowledge that will help you parent your child and give your child a great life. You also may be more financially secure then someone who has a baby at a younger age. 

As long as both you and your husband are healthy and following healthy habits, it can be a great thing to have a baby later in life. It is also important to thoroughly discuss this with your husband and consider all situations and possible challenges. For example, you may want to think and talk about being older than other moms, possible health complications for you or the baby, and social support from friends and family.

It's always a good idea to visit your doctor and talk to them about having a baby too. 

A similar question was asked on EmpowHER and has some great answers surrounding the conversation to have a baby later in life: https://www.empowher.com/community/ask/45-too-old-have-baby?page=13.

Please keep us updated on this exciting decision and let us know if you have further questions!


August 24, 2014 - 1:21pm
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