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Is 37 Aged Woman Too Old To Have A Baby
Definitely not: Age does increase your risk of chromosomal abnormalities, like down's syndrome. There is also increased risk of miscarriage and twins. Older women who don't have high blood pressure, diabetes and are not overweigt can do well. I had my kids at 38 and 40. Check with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: It is unusual for women past their mid 40s to conceive though it does happen. While medically it is possible with donor eggs for women to conceive well past menopause, there are medical concerns about the health of the mother, and ethical concerns about bringing a child into the world in which the mother is unlikely to live long enough too see them through to adulthood. ...Read more
I'm 37 years old, female. I had an open heart surgery and had my valves repaired in 2013. My BP is always below 100/70. Is it safe to have a baby?
Natural or assisted?: I believe unassisted pregnancy into the fifth decade has been reported. It is rare now since risks of a genetic defect are so high. Assisted pregnancy (internationally) with mom having special care & donor embryo has been reported as late as ~60 if memory serves me right. Sadly, i believe that mom died a few years later. There are amazing things we can do, but whether we should do them is ? ...Read more
Depends on variables: Pregnancy risks depend on a variety of variables.If your basic health is good, your system may be able to handle the process well.As you are likely aware, your risk of a down syndrome birth is increased to about 4-5 % and that must be added to an overall risk of 4% of unexpected outcome for any pregnancy.A visit to your obgyn and a genetic counsellor may be your best source of specific information. ...Read more
Yes but: Be aware that any medical issue that you have during a pregnancy may need to be managed differently.(medication effects on fetus, etc.) your risks of an unexpected outcome (cleft, premi, infection, etc.) is a baseline of 4% plus any additional risk /age (down syndrome=1%) . Mom had my little sis at 42 & thinks it's one of the best things she did. ...Read more
Getting Pregnant: Of course. If you are healthy and still ovulating any sperm that is fresh can cause a pregnancy, regardless of the age of the man who produced the sperm. Now, many men who are above a certain age will have diminished sperm production and may find it harder to father a child if they wan to. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: The best response would be when she's emotionally ready.There is increasing risk for complications & birth defects both for women in their early teens & after 40. Women in their early 20's may have less risk for many issues but be better prepared when she is older. There is no one answer that fits all situations. ...Read more
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