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When should a woman have her first child by? for example is there a sharp increase in pregnancy risk over a certain age?

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Dr. Gregory Hines answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Over 35: Over the age of 35, your risk of Down syndrome goes up.

Answered 2/18/2015

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham answered

Specializes in American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

When she is ready: There is not an age when there is a "sharp" increase in pregnancy risks. Generally speaking, pregnancy risks tend to increase with age. That also applies to risks for genetic anomalies (like down syndrome), that risk at age 35 is 1 in 270 and it increases with each year. There is no specific age that is recommended as "best" to have your first child.

Answered 9/28/2016

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