I am 40 years old and pregnant. What risks am I facing?

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Being 40 years old and pregnant is increasingly common, and women often choose to have children later in life due to work and education. While this is very common, there are some risks associated with pregnant at this stage in life. Here are a few risks associated with pregnant women over the age of 40:

– Increased probability of having a child with Down Syndrome
– Increased risk of chromosomal health issues
– Risk of gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and miscarriage

Of course, many women in their 40s give birth to babies that are perfectly healthy. Speak with your doctor if you have specific health concerns regarding your pregnancy.

Always check with your doctor regarding questions on your health for you or you baby.

 

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