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Having a Baby after Age 35

Is it okay to plan a baby after the age of 35

One of the main problems of planning a baby later in life is that of conception.  Since the woman's fertility decreases with age, it becomes difficult to get pregnant.  However, once the woman does get pregnant, the chance of the baby being born with Down's Syndrome or some other chromosomal defect increases.  In addition, the expectant mother could also develop high blood pressure (especially if overweight), diabetes, and other complications.

What are the chances of my baby getting Down's syndrome

The older you get, the greater risk you face of having a baby with Down's syndrome (characterized by mental retardation). This risk increases with the mother's age: 1 in 10,000 for 20-year-old mothers, 3 in 1000 for 35-year-old mothers, and 3 in 100 (3%) for 40-year-old mothers. 

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