is it safe to have a baby at 42

Trena - posted on 07/22/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my partner is 45 and im coming up 42 ,i have 3 kids but my body still yearns for another ,the only thing that makes me hesitate is the horror stories about how 42 is a risky age for the mum and how baby can end up with all these different things wrong with him/her ,its so scarey and yet its all i want is another baby ,im so confused
please help

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Marie - posted on 07/22/2012

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It depends on so many different things, mainly weigh and health, your best option to assure that you have a healthy baby and a safe pregnancy is to go talk to your doctor, he'll know whether it's safe or not and he'll be able to tell you what to do to prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy and baby.
You can take advise from a thousand different people but at the end, the only person who'll will know for sure is your family doctor.

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Katherine - posted on 07/22/2012

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Things can go wrong at any age, and pregnancy can be great at any age if you are in good health and spirits.

I was going to say just let things happen naturally if you're healthy, but the saw you used the word "partner" so maybe"natural" isn't an option, but if your body takes easily to a pregnancy go for it if your partner is on board...if your body fights you, maybe you can think of increasing your family through other methods like adoption or foster care? Good luck with your decision. Don't forget in the end it is YOUR family and YOUR body so if others don't approve, well, that's the joy of being in your 40's...who cares.

Trena - posted on 07/22/2012

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thankyou so much for your help im going to my doctor today to talk to her ,its so nice to know that other ladies understand and want to help ,i dont feel so alone anymore

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