Benefits of having kids when you're older
How would you feel being told you had a "high-risk" pregnancy? What about "geriatric pregnancy," or the tongue-twisting "elderly primagravida?" Sure, they all initially sound like they warrant a trip to an emergency specialist, when in reality, they are the terms used for any of the growing number of women 35 years and older who are choosing to delay pregnancy until their late 30s and beyond.
It does remain true that women entering motherhood at 35 years of age and older are at an increased chance of health risks for themselves, and their babies. Doctors will warn of the statistically heightened incidences of miscarriage, cesarean section, premature birth, and chromosomal irregularities that "advanced maternal age" can bring. But doctors will also note that an otherwise healthy mother should look forward to a healthy pregnancy. Mount Sinai's Director of Fetal Medicine, Dr. Joanne Stone, told CBS New York, "A lot depends on the health of the woman. Healthy women without underlying problems will sail through pregnancy."
And what else can these healthy, older moms sail right through? Quite a lot, it would seem.