Good news for the older mom

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Women who put off motherhood past 40 or even 45 have encouraging news. A research report from Tel Aviv University says that while there are associated risks for babies, they can be overcome, according to Prof. Yariv Yogev of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of medicine and the Hospital for Women at Rabin Medical Center.

Since Israel supports IVF for women over 45, he was able to investigate the outcomes of those births. “I’d been attending physician in a delivery ward to a woman over 60 who had twins. I wanted to know if it’s ethical to treat older women like this – I wanted to know if it’s safe for both mother and child,” Prof. Yogev explained.

He studied 200 births in older women. There were 177 women over the age of 45 and 20 women over the age of 50. While there are more complications in these pregnancies, the risks are considerably lessened with a good birthing center and good prenatal care. Most older women deliver a healthy child. The complications that arise are gestational diabetes or preeclampsia. But these complications do not affect the newborn after a few days have passed.

Still, Prof. Yogev does not encourage women to wait. He notes that rates of fertility drop off and intervention is necessary to establish the pregnancy.

He outlines the risks for the 40+ year old’s pregnancy: there is a 300% greater chance for gestational diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy. There are higher rates of premature delivery and placenta previa. Most pregnancies go only to 37 weeks. Nine percent of moms had high blood pressure. Severe bleeding after birth and metabolic problems in newborns were other common experiences.

But most babies rebound quickly overcoming the challenges in the short term.

Source: American Friends of Tel Aviv University, MedicalNewsToday


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