Having a baby after 40? Any risk?

My sister was giving birth to her first child when she was 38. She could not get pregnant for 10 years because of her health issues, and she said her whole pregnancy was such a wonderful time for her and her husband. I asked her about any advises she can give to moms who decided to have their children after 35-40.

1. Think ahead to what the future will be like.Are you in good health? Will you have enough energy?

2. Work closely with medical personnel during your pregnancy.

3. You need to be prepared for a higher risk of complications and possible chromosomal birth defects.

4.Revise your routine

5. Enjoy your life, be happy

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    It's true... Once you have a good bill of health it's all about the mental perspective.. I'm over 40 and would NOT have another... only because I'm tired and my kids are such great ages now that I wouldn't and couldn't go back to diapers and midnight feedings... Maybe adopt later... never say never... But if I wanted a baby and didn't have one and everything looked good, I would.. for sure!
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    09/27/13
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    my sister is always complaining about low energy level, plus her son is so active, that he is ready to jump and run 24/7. My son is 10 now, and when he asked me about having a brother, I said we're thinking about adaption now, because I do not want to get back to diapers again. I mean, I LOVE_LOVE little ones. We had an unsuccessful second pregnancy, and my mind continue to say no...I really want to adapt a boy, but I know we should be prepared, especially my husband, who does not really believe that we will love our adapted son as we love our biological one...Well, I have an opposite opinion.
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    09/27/13
    8Theresa Gould
    I think it might be more difficult for men to think about loving an adopted child than it is for women.
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    09/27/13
    8Theresa Gould
    I applaud you for being patient with your husband. That's a good thing.
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      8Theresa Gould
      I'd say you need to prepare yourself for higher chance of miscarriage too.

      I've had three children between the age of 35 and 40. I was more tired (I had more children too though) and they were harder pregnancies mentally/emotionally because of my history of miscarriages.

      Other than that I'd be open to more in my 40's but we feel we are done. I have so much on my plate and am enjoying the no nursing, no pregnancy stage for the first time in nearly 17 years.
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        09/30/13
        A friend of my mother gave birth to her second son when she was 45. Now this boy is a spoiled and uncontrollable (he is allowed to do everything that he only wants to, and the word "no" he did not hear). I think it's one of the cons of having child later. On the other hand, the situation is different, for some it is a long-awaited first child, for others it is a duty to give birth to a child for her beloved man.
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        09/30/13
        8Theresa Gould
        My mom had my youngest sister when she was 35 or 36. There's a 10 year difference between S and my sister P, who is the third born, and S was completely and utterly spoiled. She was like an only child. She's still dependent on my mom at 29 years of age. It's kind of sad, but she's getting there, just slower than the rest of us.

        By 29, I was married for five years and had two children, but had been supporting myself financially since 16, if not before. Though my room and board had always been taken care of by my parents while I lived at home.
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