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Are there special risks of a woman having a child when over the age of 45?

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Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Normal age risks

A woman in good health can anticipate a normal pregnancy at age 45.
There is an increase in diabetes and high blood pressure associated with age. A singleton pregnancy (rather than twins) is a good way to minimize these risks.

In brief: Normal age risks

A woman in good health can anticipate a normal pregnancy at age 45.
There is an increase in diabetes and high blood pressure associated with age. A singleton pregnancy (rather than twins) is a good way to minimize these risks.
Dr. Philip Chenette
Dr. Philip Chenette
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Dr. Seema Patel
Older moms are at greater risk for genetic complications so they recommend screening for these, autism is another. Speak with your physician about getting tested
Dr. Johanna Fricke
It would be wise to see a specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology & Fertility like Dr. Chenette. Fertility clinics have prenatal genetic counselors who assess & discuss risks of chromosomal & other genetic abnormalities, Autistic Spectrum Disorder & other conditions associated with advanced maternal age as well as spontaneous mutations & other disorders associated with advanced paternal age.
Dr. Amr Azim
Fertility Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Baby: marked increased risk for chromosomal abnormalities.
Miscarriage mother increased risk for pregnancy induced hypertension, gestational diabetes, stillbirth and cesarean delivery.

In brief: Yes

Baby: marked increased risk for chromosomal abnormalities.
Miscarriage mother increased risk for pregnancy induced hypertension, gestational diabetes, stillbirth and cesarean delivery.
Dr. Amr Azim
Dr. Amr Azim
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It actually increases a small amount with every year after peak fertility in the mid 20's.
At 40 the risk of a trisomy 21 down syndrome reaches 1% while at 45 it reaches 2%. This number is added to the random risk of 4% that any pregnancy has of an unexpected event (cleft palate, premi, other defect).It must also be added to any risk posed by the health of the woman at the time.

In brief: Yes

It actually increases a small amount with every year after peak fertility in the mid 20's.
At 40 the risk of a trisomy 21 down syndrome reaches 1% while at 45 it reaches 2%. This number is added to the random risk of 4% that any pregnancy has of an unexpected event (cleft palate, premi, other defect).It must also be added to any risk posed by the health of the woman at the time.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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