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Q: Are some woman scared to have a child after a certain age?

Are some woman scared to have a child after a certain age? say 28, 29, 30 for example.

 

I have heard before that some people think that having a child before a certain age will mean that the child will be healthy. 

 

Tonight my girlfriend said she wouldn't want a child after she is thirty. She seriously believes the child would be unhealthy. I asked her why she thinks that and her only explanation was " the child will just be unhealthy."

 

Has anyone heard of this and would like to share? or have any stories that lead to this belief? I'm just curious. Much appreciated.

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Well, there is some medical evidence to that, specially when it comes to how maternal age influences the posibility of conceiving a baby with Down syndrome. According toCDC statistics, at maternal age between 20 to 24, the probability is 1 in 1562, at maternal ages between 35 to 39, it goes up to 1 in 214, and at ages above 45, the probability is 1 in 19. It shows how the risk of the baby for such a disease increases with maternal age, but doesn't mean older women shouldn't get pregnant.

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I question your age limits .... nowadays, it seems careers and money have become more desirable than family..........  what a silly world we live in. I am male and I had my first born at 35, which I think of as sort of a limit for me, because at 55 and my offspring now 20, I can still guide my offspring and I can have a life of my own. No reason that this age limit could not be increased to 40 for having the baby and 60 for turning him loose...........  male or female, little difference, as long as the commitment is there.

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When you are thru with menopause, you get a hysterectomy or otherwise, or your reproductive organs fall out of your body - you will be too old.
So long as you are ovulating, so long as your body is capable of carrying a child, so long as your doctor says its alright - by all means, have a baby!
It isn't about being "too old". It is about being too UNHEALTHY. If you are healthy and still ovulating, go for it.

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my wife was 40 when our daughter was born.     no problem there I think it depends on the indervidual (can't spell check on my tab)

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Depends on the individual I guess. I know in Japan (and I guess that rings true with most of Asia) that they have this concept where women over 30 are considered "past their prime". Though I've got a friend here who's mom was 41 when she was born so who knows!

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Maybe she just want get married and born a baby with you

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The risks of having a child with a disability increase with age, the increased risk of a Downs Syndrome child is 'significant' when the mother is over 35 and in the UK screening is increased if the mother is over 40.

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Your friend is kind of onto something - once the mother gets past about thirty, the risks for both mother and child start to increase with each year. 

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when in China always remember the flow of information. al lot of these "warnings" will come from the grandparents generation. Someone who is 80 today will have experienced a different world with generally lower chances of survival.

 

The numbers wildcat writes does indicate that as age goes up, the chances of having an unhealthy baby will increase. At the same time it is worth remembering that in the west, the number of babies born, that are not perfectly healthy have dropped to very close to nothing over recent years due to screening of pregnant women. (in some countries) the majority of babies born with downs syndrome are born because of religious beliefs/anti abortion 

 

When it comes to having babies another thing to remember is that the younger you are when you have your babies, the more time you will potentially get as a grandparent, you will be able to be more active in your kids life when they grow up etc. And once your kids are grown you will still be young enough to travel the world without them !

Btw. In my opinion calling a person with downs-syndrome is not very polite. They are just different, and in most cases will be able to have full independent lives.

Hugh.G.Rection:

Sorry Scandinavian, in the UK Down's Syndrome is the medical name of the condition and using the phrase is considered the polite way of referring to the illness that person has, in my youth they were called Mongoloid which was deemed VERY derogatory.  Politically correct language becomes stupid if you cannot use a medical term.

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