4 Surprising & Optimistic Facts About Having a Baby in Your 40s

Dawn Davenport

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facts about having a baby over 40

More women are having babies in their 40s and most are worried about the risks. Without minimizing the very real increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities, miscarriage, and preeclampsia, there are some less scary things about being pregnant in your 40s that you probably don’t know.

  1. Older parents are significantly more likely to have daughters than younger parents.
  2. Women in their 40s are more likely to give birth to left handed children.
  3. Older pregnant moms are more likely to conceiving non-identical twins even without fertility treatment. As a woman ages, her follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) increases. FSH develops eggs inside the ovaries prior to being released into the fallopian tubes. High FSH levels can cause two or more eggs to release, which can result in fraternal twins. The likelihood of spontaneously conceived twins rises from 1/80 in a 25-year-old to 1/40 in a 42-year-old.
  4. Women who give birth in their late 30s and 40s live longer. Research indicates that women who have one or two children in their 30s and 40s have a greater chance of living into their 80s and 90s. One study found that women who lived until at least the age of 100 were four times more likely to have had children in their 40s than women who survived only to the age of 73.

If you are considering having a baby in your 40s what do you worry about? What do you look forward to? What are your thoughts on older motherhood?

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Image credit: CNN (good article on risks of pregnancy over 40)

22/06/2016 | by Dawn Davenport | Categories: Blog, Infertility, Infertility Blog, Infertility Resources | 0 Comments



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