Problems having a baby after 40

I think after 40 there is an increase risk of miscarriage. Less chance of having a baby because your fertility is waning, only about 20 percent.

Statistically they say chances of having a down syndrome baby is increased after 40 as well. 1 in 200 according to some sites.

I am nearly 44 and have only been pregnant twice in my 40's. One was our last child and the other was a miscarriage last year.

There are other problems that can occur, which can occur in a normal pregnancy at any age: pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, placenta praevia, placenta abruption, etc.

On the flip side, one site said this:
"The number of women giving birth into their 40s and 50s and beyond is at record highs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2007, 105,071 women aged 40-44 gave birth, the highest rate since 1968; the birth rate for women 45 to 54 was 7,349, an increase of 5% in just one year."

So the choice is really ours, isn't it?

8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
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    Wow, I hadn't ever heard those statistics! Personally, I won't ever be pregnant in my 40s, but that's because we are finished, and I'm currently only 30! ;)

    I think many women are more focused on their career than they were historically, so the age for childbirth is getting older as we spend more time working on a successful career instead of starting a family right away.
      It is definitively more risky, and actually at that age I personally did not want any more kids or be pregnant; but that is up to the person or couple
        4Ronna Jones
        This last pregnancy with Mindy I was 38. Something that was bothersome for me was the younger gals in the clothing store's. One of them was really rude and made a comment about my age. Hou do you handle a situation like this?
          That is rude, Ronna, but that's our society. I recently heard about a couple from India who had a baby. She was 68, and he was 80 something. Their society is different, though. Age won't make a pregnancy unhealthy, but a lifetime of poor eating will. I think it's great to have a baby at an older age because you're more stable in your relationship and have your home set.
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