Pregnancy in older women

Equally, women today are better nourished and in better health than at any time in history, making it physically possible for older women to become pregnant and carry their pregnancy to term successfully.
This is because at age 40, a woman has only about 10% of the eggs that she did at puberty and has a less than 50% chance of conceiving within a year of starting to try to get pregnant.
Likelihood of problems such as placenta previa or other placental problems, gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, hemorrhage after delivery etc increase significantly in becoming pregnant after 40. Due to the declining quality of and number of eggs that a woman produces, an assisted pregnancy is more likely to be required when trying to get pregnant after 40.
The average British woman bears her first child at age 30, 5 years later than American women.
Yet even as First Response claims there is a lack of awareness about the female biological clock, they tout a survey by YouGov finding 70 percent of British women believe having a baby in her 40s would be too old.
Nevertheless, First Response has decided the solution to the trend of women waiting longer to have children is to criticize them, prey on their fears of aging, and exploit social disgust for even moderately sexual old women. Get Britain Fertile ambassadors Garraway and Zita West insist that they are not trying to push women into a panic over their ticking fertility clocks.
It is true that pregnancy is riskier for women in their 40s, and studies suggest that the risk of autism rises if either parent is over 35.

As technology allows women to have more and more control over their reproductive decisions, efforts to dictate the correct time and methods women should use to get pregnant are growing more common. And even with assisted pregnancy, such as in vitro fertilization, the chances of ending up having an ectopic pregnancy are higher. In fact according to some experts, it is practically impossible for a woman to get pregnant using her own eggs after the age of 46. The campaign, sponsored by the pregnancy testing company First Response, purports to warn young women that their childbearing years are numbered. Women were also quite clear about their motives to wait: two-fifths said they would delay having a child until they have financial stability, while over a third said the cost of childcare is a deterrent.
Yet the campaign, which officially launches June 3, would do well to extend beyond the caricature of the old woman. A recent Singaporean ad campaign took a similar approach with a series of patronizing leaflets using fairy tales to depict women’s waning fertility.
But they will perpetuate the insidious notion that women, and women alone, are to blame for any reproductive troubles they may have. Jezebel compiled the lengthy laundry list of things pregnant women are often told they must or must not do in order to successfully bear a healthy child.

It showed that older women tended to drink more often during pregnancy than younger counterparts, putting their children at greater risk of foetal alcohol disorders.
In the US, the average college-educated 20-something earns $45,000 a year, while their unemployment rate is far higher than their older counterparts. By the age of seven, children born to mothers who drank heavily during pregnancy had more attention problems than those who didn't drink.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence advises women to avoid alcohol-in the first three months of pregnancy.
Drinking in pregnancy has also been linked to miscarriages, still and premature births, low birth weight and birth defects. Women are catching them up, and copying the loud and aggressive behaviour increasingly seen in town centres. One in five young women is drinking more than 20 units on a typical night out  -  equivalent to 2.2 bottles or ten glasses of wine.

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