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A 25-year-old female asked:

In h.s., an old textbook said risks when having children become more likely at 35. is that still accurate? if so, why are old people having babies?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 18 years experience
Old book is correct: The maternal and fetal risk rises with age. The answer to your question of why people are having babies when they are older can also be found in your old high school books (i.e. Industrial revolution).
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
They want to: Risks of any pregnancy having an unexpected outcome (cleft lip, premi, illness) are 4%. At 35 the risk of a Down syndrome birth adds 1%, and becomes more likely with advancing age. Given the little added risk and the joy of parenting, people make informed choices and live their lives to the fullest.At some point you may understand the idea.
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Last updated Feb 18, 2015

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