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    Different strokes for different folks.
    As I sit typing while breast feeding my 5 month old at 42.

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    I think as PP said, people are aware of the risks of more complications, and decreased fertility after the age of 35, and even moreso, after 40, but everyone weighs up what is more important for them.

    I always wanted my children young, I was pg with my first at 22 (which was a bit younger than I planned!), a lot of the reason for this was the increased risk of problems as maternal age increases. I wanted to be done before 30 (I'm peregnant with no. 4&5 now at 32). But I have missed out on a lot of other experiences that I could've had if I'd had my kids later.

    I don't think being older or younger makes you a better parent but I PERSONALLY wouldn't want to risk leaving it late because of all the biological stuff (assuming I had the choice, which a lot of women don't, like the right man isn't anywhere in sight!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thermolicious View Post
    Have a look at this http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc..._pregnancy.pdf

    Not really an issue for me so I haven't really thought about it.
    Those statistics for Downs- I have always wondered if that is the number of babies actually born with DS (as it says 'chance of liveborn'), or the number of babies diagnosed in the womb with DS, before terminations etc. Does anyone know?

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    It's the number of DS babies who would be born, but it's not the number who are born because of the terminations, as you say.

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    Oh, allowing for the fact that a number of DS babies will spontaneously miscarry because of problems that are incompatable with life.

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    Thanks guys, we are planning to try for #6 in March of next year so I would be due at age 36 then the next one 38 so just a subject I am thinking about.

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    I feel the same at 37 (bub #3) than at 31 when I had my first son. Fit and healthy. I do, however, choose to have a cvs- by choice - as it is a diagnostic test, not an indicator test.

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    All my births were easy and short longest labor was 45 minutes and that was my first at 18 years old, this last one at 34 was prob 7 minutes or so very fast so I think that labor part is getting easier as I go along

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    I can't comment personally but my old boss had perfect healthy babies at 38 and 41.

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    From what I've seen, the general consensus is that there's more risks the older you get, but that if you want to have kids at that age or older it's up to you to make that choice.
    At least, that's what I thought heh.


 

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