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Woman giving birth at 52

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, November 12, 2009 | 0 comments

The short answer is that it was rather later in previous centuries than it is now. The reason is that women both started and finished menstruating later: something to do with the quality of nutrition, I believe.

So whereas birth in one's 40s would now be considered late, it was common in previous centuries, and the oldest case I have come across is a woman giving birth at 52, although that is definitely unusual.

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