how old is too old to have a baby?

Shari - posted on 05/13/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I'm 37 and was wondering if I'm too old and risks of childbirth defects.

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Yukiko - posted on 07/11/2011

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Hi, in the hand book of "life" you are never "too old"......Miracles happen every day. If its your hearts desire then grab it, hold on and never let go...Surround yourself around proactive people and keep your mind and days at peace.

Kathleen - posted on 05/13/2011

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I think if you are healthy, and followany guidlines from your doctor, you'll be fine. I know quite a fre mom's who waited. One lady I know had her last at age 49 with not one problem.:)

Fancy - posted on 07/28/2011

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I have a 23 year old and a 20 year old and in Jan 2011 at age 44 I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. We did not plan the pregnancy but I think at an older age you have more patience. If you are healthy and see your dr regularly there shouldn't be any reason not to have a baby at 37. Good luck!!

Sue - posted on 07/12/2011

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The risks do go up after 35 but the amount that they go up is small. I had my first at 17 and my 5th at the age of 42. They are all healthy and I cherish my first as much as my last!

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Theresa - posted on 11/18/2012

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It may take longer to conceive . But no it is not too old! I had my son at 36 he is now 15.

Colleen - posted on 10/29/2011

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It's a personal preference... but I wouldn't have any after 34. First, all of the risks that come with being over 35... though we see that they don't apply to all. Second, being a teacher, kids born to "fall" parents have a harder time with comprehension... and think about the child. Do you want to be 60 at their high school graduation and mistaken for a grandparent?

Maureen - posted on 10/27/2011

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You'll be monitored closely and tested regularly, my middle and youngest children are 19 and 16 and were born when I was 36 and 39 , respectively, great pregnancies and deliveries, they keep me young and healthy, I say, if you think its right for you, then plan for your baby, your doctors will explain the risks.

Shari - posted on 09/25/2011

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Is it ok to be on any anti- depressants or panic attack medications while pregnant. Or is it up to the doc.

Denise - posted on 08/01/2011

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It really depends upon your FSH level, because this tells you the quality of your eggs also if you have lots of eggs left.

Klara - posted on 05/28/2011

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In nursing school they teach that after age 35 the risks of birth defects are much higher. Although I have to say, there is a couple in town with 10+ kids who have continued to have kids, and they are in their late 40s. That I know of, their kids are all healthy. I have yet to see any disablities or obvious health or deformities in any of their children. Its a personal choice, but I would recommend sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, the higher the chances of issues. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best, and don't let anyone decide for you. It is a totally personal decision you have to live with.

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You should talk to your Dr. They can help you with that and run tests to make sure your body it up to it. That is the best choice.

Jennifer - posted on 05/16/2011

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I think the reason they say that after 35 is not good to conceive is because the amount and the quality of your eggs go down, therefore adding the risk of birth defects. I think it is a personal choice. I had my first at 19, and my second at 32. I can tell you that at 38 (my age right now) I have a hard time keeping up with my 5 year old! Since having her I have been diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases. These diseases have been linked to 2 staph infections. 1.)I had the first infection after I had her by C-section (she was also 10 weeks early, and she was still perfect). 2.) I had another infection after I had a Hysterectomy (I had to have a hysterectomy because if the damage that was done to my bowel & vaginal walls during my emergency C-section). How much of all these things were done because I had her later? It doesn't really matter because she is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me! She challenges me everyday to think beyond my pain, and in taking care of her I am more active! I say it is totally up to you! Hope this helped!

Judy - posted on 05/16/2011

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my daughter just had her baby and she is 37. baby was 10 weeks early but is doing good

Jane - posted on 05/13/2011

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I know a lot of folks who have had babies at 37. I would suggest that over 40 is pushing it a bit.

In terms of raising a baby, I suggest no older than 45 or so, because you would be retired at the time the child hits college. Retirement income is typically less than employed income, so paying for college would be very difficult.

Rayanna - posted on 05/13/2011

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I'm 43 and at 42 I had my 4th baby, my third living child. He is perfectly healthy. I've been told in the past that a lifetime of extensive x-rays and antibiotics can have a bad effect on your eggs. I don't know if it's true or not. I try to stay away from the doctor so who knows.

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