Number having children into late 40's, early 50's surprising

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, May 22, 2007 | 0 comments

Quite true about statistics being misleading about women over 40s chances of pregnancy.. I'm doing a lot of genealogy at the moment (researching my family tree)... Looking through the English census reports of the 1800's is fascinating; the number of my relations who were having children into their late 40's and even early 50's is surprising...

I suppose a lot of it is to do with lack of contraception and spending most of their lives pregnant anyway (and so saving more of those precious egg reserves)... I know infant mortality was incredibly high too, and life style was healthier (lots of fresh air and exercise for my agricultural ancestors, no additives, all organic) but it wasn't unusual for them to still have school children at home at an age when we would usually expect to be retiring ...

It's not that nature didn’t intend us to have children over the age of 40... It's more that she didn’t expect us to delay having them so long.

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