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Posted by: Ivy Mbatha | 2012/09/26

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Giving Birth at 52

How does one get pregnant at 52? Is it not dangerous to give birth at that age?

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Marlise Van Onselen Marlise Van Onselen
- 2012/11/22

The evidence based answers to you question is well stated by the Royal College of O&G: Biologically, the optimum period for childbearing is between 20 –35 years of age. Most women will get pregnant. Within a year, 75% of women aged 30 and 66% of women aged 35 will conceive naturally and have a baby.

After this, it is increasingly difficult to fall pregnant, and the chance of miscarriage rises. At this stage, women may resort to fertility treatment, sometimes with multiple embryo implantations to improve their pregnancy success rate. Figures show that the live birth rate for women aged less than 35 undergoing IVF is 31%. This rate falls below 5% for women over 42 years of age.

Your question regards if it is dangerous to give birth at 52 is answered by a study done by Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1996 Sep;175(3 Pt 1):668-74. Very advanced maternal age: pregnancy after age 45.

In women more than 45 years old at delivery maternal and fetal outcomes were generally good, but there was a high incidence of pregestational (chronic hypertension, hypothyroidism) and gestational (karyotype abnormalities, gestational diabetes, caesarean section, macrosomia) complications.

My answer will then be that: Yes, it is difficult to fall pregnant at a high age and there are dangers but speak with your Gynaecologist regards your specific circumstances.

Marlise
 


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