20.03.2014

What are the chances of pregnancy at 53

My gorgeous little accident: Debbie amazed doctors - not to mention her grandchildren - by getting pregnant naturally at 53 while on the Pill. Peering at the two blue lines on the pregnancy test, Debbie Hughes reached for her reading glasses to check that her eyes weren’t deceiving her.
Today, the embryonic life, which showed up as two blue lines in October 2010, is a bonny seven-month-old boy called Kyle. And quite apart from the physical demands of a young baby, there are practical concerns, too; namely financially supporting Kyle through to adulthood at a time when Debbie might be considering a more leisurely retirement spent doting on her grandchildren. Debbie, a jewellery shop saleswoman, was made redundant at the end of last year, shortly after she discovered she was pregnant. It is an exhausted, still slightly shell-shocked Debbie, now aged 54, who opens the door to her home in Daventry, Northamptonshire.
The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. In Italy recently, the gossip pages and airwaves have been dominated by the news that the 53-year-old dancer and showgirl, Carmen Russo, is pregnant, and expecting a child in March.
Russo is a familiar face for Italians, having been on most of the country's TV shows since the 1980s when she got together with her now 63 year old husband Enzo Paolo Turchi, and formed a dance duo. The couple describe themselves as "eternal children" and have done everything they can to keep their years at bay. But, young as they might look, it's still caused a bit of a stir that they are announcing "their" pregnancy long after most people would be able to conceive naturally. But the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in Britain, still advises that the best, safest and healthiest child bearing years for a woman are 20 to 35.
Of course, some people will always judge, and the Italian comic, Luciana Littizzetto, satirized the pregnancy, and how difficult it might be to give birth for a 53-year-old, in one of her stand-up routines over the weekend, but generally, the comments in Italy have been relatively positive. This is perhaps not surprising in a predominantly Catholic country where the cult of motherhood is revered and most people agree that every woman should be allowed to experience being a mother. Alessandra Martines, a fellow late blooming actress, interviewed in Italian Vanity Fair this summer, who is pregnant at the age of 49, summed up the views of many in Italy when she said that although her conception was entirely natural, a woman must have the right to motherhood in any way she can.
In Britain, there are sites for people who are pregnant at 35 and 40 plus, offering support, facts and figures, and happy examples of famous late births. The website also reassures that once the baby is born, excepting chromosomal abnormalities, the child is no more at risk from birth defects than the offspring of younger mothers.
The American College for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recognizes that in the US, the number of women post-45 who gave birth doubled between 1980-2004 and now publishes a magazine, Plum, aimed at that demographic.


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Fast approaching her 53rd birthday, she thought she was too old to conceive naturally and, besides, she was on the Pill. She's just the latest in a wave of celebrities who have announced pregnancies later in life.
Their shocks of blonde hair, TV friendly faces and supple bodies, from years of dancing, help them keep up this image, and there has been much speculation about the amount of cosmetic surgery that Russo may have undertaken to keep herself looking so young.
She went on to explain "We’ve been trying for a year but things always went wrong, until in July, we had this beautiful surprise…this is a gift from God." The couple are both very religious and say that male or female, they will name their child after the saint to which they are both devoted. After that "risk of complications becomes ever higher,… with not only worsening reproductive outcomes, more infertility, and medical co-morbidity [but] an increase in maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality" said the college. It also says that older women are more likely to have left-handed children than those born to younger parents, which some interpret as a sign of a higher IQ. Women over 35 years of age are at increased risk of early pregnancy and obstetric and neonatal complications. Perhaps some people will accuse women of wanting to have it all - a career, fun, a life, and then children - whenever she wants them; that with modern technology we might be able to defy biology, but that this is a selfish desire and unfair to the child, who will suffer from older parents who may not be around to help them later in life. Conscious that they were older, they "tended to plan ahead and be even more careful about diet and exercise to make sure that they were in the best physical condition they could be to take care of their children as long as possible". It's worth remembering, too, that not so many people criticize older fathers who manage to do the same thing, so if health, technology and lifestyle permits, perhaps we will see more people like Carmen Russo in the future, despite the health warnings attached.


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It was impossible, she thought, her stomach ‘lurching with shock’.Panic rising, she re-read the instruction leaflet convinced there must be some mistake, or that the test was faulty. Fellow Italian, the rock singer Gianna Nannini, had a daughter two years ago at the age of 54. The older woman is more likely to experience stillbirths, miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies. And women in several countries around the world have hit the headlines in recent years after bearing children in to their fifties and sixties.
Arlene Philips, the choreographer, had a child at 47 and Carla Bruni, wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, had her second child at 43.
I knew that come what may, I would love that child.’When her second marriage ended in 2008 — a result, she claims, of her husband’s infidelity — becoming a grandparent filled her with a new joy.
Their relationship was one of pleasant restaurant meals, drinks parties with friends and cosy nights in, when Paul wasn’t working away — which he did often — hence a rather infrequent sex life.To this day, Debbie has no idea how her contraceptive pill failed.
It was only when Paul remarked on her growing abdomen that the thought even entered Debbie’s head.‘We were both in a state of complete disbelief,’ says Debbie, who has now been fitted with a more fail-safe form of contraception, “just in case”. Because of my age I was very concerned about the risk of miscarriage, or birth defects, so I was very anxious and flustered when I went to see my GP.‘His eyes almost popped out of his head when I said “I’m pregnant”.
According to reports published in 2005, scientists have identified a genetic profile that appears to enable women over the age of 45 to conceive naturally. Paul was in tears he was so proud,’ says Debbie.‘When they finally put Kyle in my arms, I was just overwhelmed with love for him. They kept us in hospital for a few days and word quickly spread about the 53-year-old mum, so I had almost every nurse popping in to say hello and have a look.‘But I don’t feel remotely embarrassed, nor do I feel too old to be a mum.
Younger mothers can die, too, and grandparents often look after or bring up children.‘I don’t judge other people about the choices they make, so I don’t see how anyone has the right to judge me.




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