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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. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Over 35
Over the age of 35, your risk of down syndrome goes up.

In brief: Over 35
Over the age of 35, your risk of down syndrome goes up.
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