40+ pregnant woman is normal

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, December 20, 2010 | 0 comments

I read something about the fact that, numerically, there are fewer pregnancies to women aged 40+ now (on average) then there were even thirty years ago. Is this because 40 year old + women today have suddenly LOST their fertility?

Hmm... makes NO SENSE when you consider that in most everything else we are biologically younger than our parents and grandparents were at the same age (my doc says we are almost ten years younger!)

No, it's because with the advent of cheap, reliable birth control, women have been able to plan their families better and many have *chosen* not to have children in their 40's. Our fertile capacity has not changed but our decisions to TTC have.

I asked about your OB's age, because any doc aged 40 and younger probably doesn't have any conception of how "normal" a 40+ pregnant woman really is!!!!!!!


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