Hi friend, Alicia here and I can’t believe it’s been a while since I last updated this website of mine. As you know being pregnant after 40 can be overwhelming and I am very conscious of my health. I was told that there are risks involved if someone (like me) do get pregnant after forty years old.
I was worried. Naturally, I went online (hence, was able to update this pregnancy website of mine and started doing a little mild research on the subject of danger during pregnancy specially if you are 40-ish. Check out what I’ve found out.
Most of the people knows that the first risks of getting pregnant at the age of 40 and after is genetic disorder. This is most commonly known as having Down syndrome and other things that can caused by chromosomal imbalance or abnormalities.
With regards to the genetic disorder factor, there was a publication made by the Journal of the American Medical Association wherein they presented a table comparing the age of mother versus the risk of a child having Down Syndrome:
Chromosomal abnormality rates at amniocentesis and in live-born infants
Mother’s age Risk of Down Syndrome Risk of any chromosomal disorder
36 1/289 1/127
37 1/224 1/130
38 1/173 1/102
39 1/136 1/83
40 1/106 1/66
41 1/82 1/53
42 1/63 1/42
43 1/49 1/33
44 1/38 1/26
45 1/30 1/21
Another common risk that people may already know is the higher chance of having a miscarriage. It’s probably because of the state of the female body. Related to this risk is having a much harder or having a pretty difficult time or being pregnant.
A much more alarming one is the medical illness that could affect both the mother and fetus during this late pregnancy. And speaking of medical factor, if someone already have a pre-existing medical condition, it could worsen during pregnancy. That’s the least thing that could happen as well as it could complicate a pregnancy.
What can women do to prevent these risks
Having little knowledge of this stuff initially, I stumble upon words such as Tubal ligation, tubal ligation reversal and others which I thought could be done to prevent these risk, but these are the method used to stop getting pregnant, which is completely different from what I want to know.
Here are some ways to prevent these risk from happening. First and foremost is health. This means that one has to stay as healthy as possible yourself. Pregnancy after 40 can have serious problem compared to younger woman who got pregnant.