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Oldest patient was 55, 23rd child

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, December 13, 2007 | 0 comments

Expert: Lawrence Jay Rappaport M.D.
Date: 4/2/2004
Subject: 52 year old and pregnancy

As long as you are getting a regular period, you probably are ovulating and can, indeed, conceive. You certainly can carry a pregnancy to term and deliver a healthy baby. Of course, your risks of chromosomal abnormalities are greater at your age than when you were 18 years old, but there are tests that can be done to see what is going on.

You are younger than my oldest obstetrical patient (who was 55 having her 23rd child). The decision is purely emotional, economical, and psychosocial.


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