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The Pros and Cons of Getting Pregnant at 40

on December 22, 2012

Getting pregnant at 40 years old definitely has its good points as well as bad points. Many couples have been trying for years to get pregnant only to finally get a positive result at the age of 40. Others have chosen not to get pregnant until this age to ensure that they were financially grounded before starting a family as well as having established careers before embarking on the journey of parenthood. There are definite pros and cons to waiting until you have reached an older age to get pregnant. If you are approaching the age of 40 and are debating whether or not you want to become parents, it is important to weigh all of your options before bringing a child into this world.

Many couples wait to have children based on selfish (but completely understandable reasons). Some couples want to travel and see the world without having to be weighed down with the responsibility of parenthood. While it is possible to bring your children along on your travels, the carefree days of leaving for days on end with only a bikini and a toothbrush are long gone. There are also financial benefits to waiting to become parents until you are older. Having more years to save that nest egg up allows for a longer maternity leave, or will allow you stay home with your child without the financial worry. Studies also show that people who wait to become parents until their forties are more attentive to their children than those who become parents in their 20’s or 30’s.

Some of the cons to waiting until you are 40 to become a parent are also very apparent. It is certainly much harder for a woman to get pregnant the older she gets so you may be faced with the likelihood of having to go through fertility treatments in order to get pregnant. There are also higher risks to getting pregnant at 40. The chances of fetal abnormalities such as Downs Syndrome greatly increase after the age of 35 years old. You also have a greater risk of miscarriage. Even with a healthy pregnancy, you are then faced with the knowledge that you will be much older than of the other parents on the PTA and may not have the energy that you once had in your 20’s to run around after a busy toddler.
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