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I'm 48 years old, my girlfriend is 36. We just found out she's pregnant. Is the baby at risk of abnormalties?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Slight elevation

Maternal age > 35 increases the risk a small degree.
The risk of down syndrome for example is 1/200. The baseline risk for all anomalies in all pregnancies is 3-5%. Paternal age does not increase the risk until about age 70.

In brief: Slight elevation

Maternal age > 35 increases the risk a small degree.
The risk of down syndrome for example is 1/200. The baseline risk for all anomalies in all pregnancies is 3-5%. Paternal age does not increase the risk until about age 70.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
According to a recent study, children of fathers over age 45 have higher risk of acedemic difficulty, mental illness, and suicidal behavior. http://tinyurl.com/lqmraek This isn't the same as risk for Down's Syndrome -- and also doesn't mean that EVERY child of an older father will have difficulties -- but the study was still surprising.
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