My mother had her fourth at 38 and her 5th (me) at 2 weeks shy of 44. Back then there was no genetic testing.
Many women in my neighbourhood had their last babies in their 40's.
My mother told me her obstetrician never gave her gloom and doom but told her it was her 5th child, she had delivered 4 healthy children already and she being pregnant again meant she was strong and healthy.
The trend now is more and more women are becoming older moms.
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood
-- Over the past three decades, skyrocketing numbers of women have chosen to start their families in their late thirties and early forties. In 2005, ten times as many women had their first child between the ages of 35 and 39 as in 1975, and thirteen times as many had their first between 40 and 44. Women now have the option to define for themselves when they’re ready for family, rather than sticking to a schedule set by social convention.
As a society, however, we have yet to come to terms with the phenomenon of later motherhood, and women who decide it makes sense for them to delay pregnancy often find themselves confronted with alarmist warnings about the dangers of waiting too long.In Ready, Elizabeth Gregory tracks the burgeoning trend of new later motherhood and demonstrates that for many women today, waiting for family works best. She provides compelling evidence of the benefits of having children later--by birth or by adoption.
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