Dr. Chapa said there are increased risks for chromosomal abnormalities in a pregnancy as a woman ages, however, he noted that women who become pregnant in their mid to late 40s often do so with donor eggs, so the risk of a chromosomal abnormality is actually very low.
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He said there have also been many advances in reproductive assistive technology that are making healthy pregnancies possible later in life.
Dr. Chapa said someone who is healthy and has good lifestyle habits is often a great candidate to be pregnant, but that it’s a good idea for women of any age to have a full health evaluation first.
“Most of them should have a pre-conception evaluation of their health to make sure that they’re healthy,” said Dr. Chapa. “Do they have diabetes that’s not been diagnosed? Do they have high blood pressure? – things like that.”
Dr. Chapa said it’s important to keep in mind that ’mid-life mothering’ does bring a heightened risk for developing gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, delivering via cesarean section, or becoming pregnant with multiples.