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Women would keep giving birth well into 40's

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, January 12, 2008 | 0 comments

Apparently, before the 60's (before the invention of birth control pill) a woman would keep giving birth well into her forties (they'd call the last one the *cherry on top*), and nobody worried that much about the age.

In the 60s, the mantra became "2 and done at 32". It's been over 40 years since, and this new childbearing cut off age have etched deeply into population's psyche. Suddenly, the day you turn 35 you are "advanced maternal age".

If you are pregnant in your forties, you get, overtly or not, the "scary" statistics. If you are pregnant close to 50, god forbid, not even every OB/gyn would work with you. The fact is, the actual percentage of problems is still small on the absolute scale, though it rises comparing to pregnancies in 20s-30s.

Besides, you get to live probably to well into your 90's - there's a lot of time to see your grandchildren.


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