In this modern age, many women now choose to wait to have children until after age 30. This choice comes with women having more independence than ever before. Sometimes the choice to wait is based on establishing a career and being financially sound first, other times it can be due to not finding the right partner or other reasons that are unique to this day and age. We are past the point when girls were expected to grow up, get married, have a family and stop at that.
Although the benefits of this new age of choice are many, with it also comes plenty of risk factors. Child birth over the age of 30 has the risk of increased complications, and is considered to be a high risk pregnancy. Rush University Medical Center states chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome to be one of the biggest risks, with chances of having a Down Syndrome baby jumping from 1 in 1,100 when a mother is between ages 25 and 29, to 1 in 350 when she is 35.
Largely attributed to this increase in chromosomal abnormalities is also the occurrence of more miscarriages in this age group than with younger women. The good news is that when a baby is born in a state of normal health, it is unlikely to have any more complications than a child of a younger woman.
According to Health & Lifestyle Magazine, other potential health issues associated with a woman pregnant in her 30s include heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney problems, and more. Diabetes is also commonly associated with this type of pregnancy, as well as an increased risk of breast cancer later in life. Although, Womenshealth.gov says that breastfeeding will help to decrease the threat of breast cancer.
Proper prenatal care is a highly important aspect to the safety of mother and child with any pregnancy, but especially so in the instance of a pregnancy over age 30.
In any case, women are still making the choice to have children after age 30, and many of these mothers and their children are still healthy and happy. Well-known women have taken the stage in becoming mothers later in life, and everyday women have also become celebrities in doing so.
Many women are saying that a settled lifestyle that comes with age is more conducive to raising a family at this time than in younger years. Does this make it worth the risks?
At the same time, a number of children of older mothers have now grown up, and say that it was a difficult life to grow up with older parents. Which view now matters?