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Podcast: Pregnancy after age 35

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, September 21, 2007 | 0 comments

Questions Asked During the Podcast:

* I’ve read that pregnancies in women over-35 and over-40 are a lot more common than even 10 or 20 years ago. Is this true, and if so, how fast is this trend growing?
* Do older women have a greater risk of miscarriage?
* How can I increase my chances of delivering a healthy baby even though I’m older?
* Which prenatal tests should I have if I’m over 35?
* I’m in my 30s now, but not yet ready to have a baby. What can I do now to help my chances of conceiving in the future?
* Is there a correlation between older pregnant moms and multiples?
* What medical conditions are more prevalent in older pregnant moms?
* Are older mothers more likely to have to have C-sections than younger mothers?
* Is post-partum depression any more or less prevalent in older mothers than in younger mothers?
* Have any studies been done to look at long-term outcomes for children born to older mothers? How, if at all, does it impact their emotional development, their educational development, etc.
* Have we reached the biological limits of maternal age, or do you think new advances will make it possible to have kids even later in life than we’re now seeing?
* I know that Downs Syndrome becomes more likely the older the mother. Is the same true for congenital heart defects? What are some other fetal disorders that become more likely as a mother’s age increases?

Listen to the pregnancy podcast.


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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