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Why is having children after 40 considered a high risk pregnancy?

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Why is having children after 40 considered a high risk pregnancy? by Kenyans247(1): Sat Jan 2020 07:05am
The female body is most fertile from ages 18–24. There is a reason for that. It is biological.

All of the eggs you will ever have in your ovaries you have had since before birth. You never know when your ovaries will shut down. It becomes increasingly difficult to conceive as you age, with each year adding extra risk of infertility. In fact, 30% of all women are actually infertile by age 40. Ever heard of the “biological clock?” It is real.

If your first child is age 30 or higher, you are dramatically increasing the risks to yourself and to your child. Birth defects go up at age 30, such as Down’s syndrome and other genetic anomalies. By age 35, it starts to skyrocket.

Also, maternal health starts to diminish, and this adds risk to the pregnancy, especially in this era when obesity and diabetes are rampant. Metabolic disorders greatly increase pregancy risk. If you are 35 at your first pregnancy, you are called an “elderly primigravida.” This puts you in that category of being biologically elderly.

If you breast feed a child by age 30, your personal risk of breast cancer takes a nosedive. If you want to avoid breast cancer, best to breastfeed by age 30. It also reduces your risk of ovarian cancer. So the long term health of mom is better if she has children at a younger age and breastfeeds as long as possible.

I was so focused on having my first child at 29 that I used a calendar to prevent myself from being in breach of contract from my first job and yet having the child prior to thirty. This left me exactly one month in which the child could be born to minimize health risks and maximize health benefits. I managed to deliver in that exact month due to extreme planning. Haha. I am a little paranoid sometimes.

If you cannot be pregnant at 29, then definitely before 35. After age 35, all hell breaks loose as far as genetic and medical risks. Plus, you have to have amniocentesis, which carries its own risk of accidentally causing a miscarriage. Dicey.

I finished the childbearing prior to age 35 to protect my health and the health of my children. If at all possible, women should avoid delaying pregnancy.

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