Considerations About Pregnancy Later in Life from First Response

My mom had quite a big gap between her oldest three and her youngest two children. In fact, she was in her forties when she gave birth to my youngest sister. I was seventeen at the time and while I was surprised that she was having another baby so late in life, I didn’t realize just how many potential concerns there are for both mother and baby when a woman gets pregnant in her later years. Of course, with some proper planning and preparation, having a baby later in life can be the ideal choice for a family. Just make sure to consider the potential benefits and difficulties so that you’re prepared!

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Pregnant After 35 – Considerations

  • Delaying reproduction often makes it’s more difficult to reproduce – By age 35, most women have a 15 to 20 percent chance of getting pregnant in a given month, and by 45 this goes down to just 3 or 4 percent
  • Birth weight of newborns tend to decrease as the mother’s age increases, which is unhealthy for development
  • Parents have had more time for higher education and greater labour participation meaning they likely have more income and greater family stability
  • Households that are financially stable and established contribute to a better environment to support raising children


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Having a baby is one of the most magical events in life, but it can be stressful and even scary at times too. Proper planning and preparation is a must for ensuring that you can relax and enjoy every special moment of your pregnancy at any age!

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28 thoughts on “Considerations About Pregnancy Later in Life from First Response”

  1. had my first in my late 20’s and last at 31. Had a lot of support as my group of friends were all having our kids at about the same age.

  2. I was in my twenties and for me I was fine with being at the age I was, it would be way to stressful if I was older or even younger than what I was!

  3. I had my first child when I was 18 and so changed me from a child to an adult real fast,but i would it again in a heartbeat

  4. I was 35 and 39 when I had my children. Definitely pros to waiting – I was able to do all the things I wanted beforehand (travel, party, etc). However, I often wish I had more energy to have fun with the kids!

  5. I was 37 when I had Q and a lot of thought went into whether we were going to try or whether we were going to be content with being the aunt and uncle to lots of awesome kids. Not a decision anyone – over 35 or at 22 – should ever make lightly.

  6. Like with any age, there are definitely pros and cons to having a baby after 35, and always at any age these are good things to consider! :)

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