Pregnancy After 35 May Be Less Risky Than We Thought

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By Charlotte Anderson | Published April 2, 2015 on shape.com | Featuring Sheryl Ross

No pregnant woman wants to hear the words “high-risk pregnancy,” and yet if you’re over 35, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that you are, just by nature of your age. But is being of “advanced maternal age” (doesn’t that make you feel good?) really that risky anymore?

This is an important question, since thanks to economic and social factors a lot more women are falling into this category. According to a new CDC report, nearly every state has seen a rise in women having their first child after age 35. The average age of a first pregnancy has risen, as has the number of mothers having subsequent babies after 35. The CDC report also found that older moms are more likely to be educated, make more money, and have better resources than their younger counterparts.

There are some risks to older moms, the most significant being infertility. The ACOG says fertility in women starts to decrease at age 32. At age 35 you have a 52-percent chance of becoming pregnant unaided. By age 40 that drops to 36 percent, and by age 45 you’re down to 5 percent. | | | Next → |

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