Benefits of Pregnancy after 40

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 03, 2011

Older mother are seen to make wise parenting decisions as they are more experienced. According to the Journal of American Dietetic Association, they make healthier nutritional choice for the child. For instance, they are more apt to breastfeed, and select whole fruits rather than sugary drinks.

Waiting for child till 40 also gives financial security. They are more likely to have happy family in comparison to the women who become mother at younger age. In addition, older women are more likely to spend time with their baby.

Results of a study conducted at Columbia University showed that children of older mothers do better in life. Another study conducted at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine gave similar results. It was found out that children of older mothers are more likely to attend college, less likely to spend time in jail and get pregnant in their teenage.  It was a longitudinal study that followed children for period of 40 year. 

Birth statics over recent decade have shown inclination of women towards delaying their pregnancy. Even though pregnancy after 40 possesses greater risk, large number of women born to older women is born healthy. You may have to go through extra tests if suggested by doctor. Take extra care of yourself, eat healthy and take regular prenatal vitamins. 


Risks Involved in Pregnancy after 40

  • Still birth risk is also a concern.
  • Babies born to women in their 40s are at risk of down-syndrome.
  • Risk of chromosomal abnormalities.

According to Mayo clinic, both the women and baby are less likely to have pregnancy complications if mother is aged thirty-five or younger. But there are certain advantages of pregnancy after 40 as well.


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