Meghan Markle is pregnant with her first child and her doctors have labeled her as a "geriatric mother."
When you hear of the word "geriatric" you likely think of people who are very old. You think about how there is a geriatric wing in the hospitals which is filled with elderly people who are nearing towards the end of their lives. When you hear the word "geriatric" you don't necessarily think about a young pregnant woman. However, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, now understands that the word geriatric can be used for people who aren't elderly.
The Duchess recently became pregnant with her first baby and she has been labeled as "geriatric." But what does that really mean? How can she be so young and beautiful and still be considered geriatric? Apparently, if women are pregnant when they are 35 years old or older they are considered to be having a geriatric pregnancy.
Why are pregnant women considered to be "geriatric" when they are 35 years old or older? The simple answer is that there are way more complications that occur in pregnancy the older the woman. The eggs that women have in their bodies are the eggs that they were born with and therefore the older the eggs become the more likely it is that they will have abnormalities. Some of the risks that are associated with mothers who have children in "advanced" years include premature birth, low birth weight, stillbirth, labor complication, high blood pressure, and gestational diabetes. Not only that, but once a woman hits 35 years old there is a 1 in 4 chance that their baby will be diagnosed with a chromosome issue.
Although there are more risks associated with a geriatric pregnancy that doesn't mean that Meghan Markle will have any issues with her baby. She could easily have a very healthy and happy little baby. In fact, there are many women who wait until they are older to have children. The age of mothers today has risen. The age of new moms right now is older than any other time in history. She is certainly not alone in having a child "older." We just hope that she doesn't have any serious complications and that she has a beautiful royal baby, but we wish that upon any mother! Congratulations you guys! We can't wait to see the pictures of your baby bump growing!