The risk of having a baby at 40

Women who give birth over the age of 35 reduce the risk of having a congenitally malformed baby by 40 per cent, a study has shown.Researchers from Washington University in St Louis in America studied data taken from the second trimester ultrasound tests of 76,000 women comparing their ages and incidences of malformations. Congenital malformations include spina bifida, cleft palates, club feet, Harelips and Hydrocephalus or water on the brain. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.

Life saver: Having a baby slashes a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer by up to 40 per cent, a study has found (file image)In a study of 8,000 women aged 50 and above, the experts found that having at least one child reduced a woman’s average risk of ovarian cancer by 20 per cent. One theory is that a defective foetus is less likely to survive the early stages of pregnancy if the woman is older, the Sunday Times reported.

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