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New Research Suggests Giving Birth After 50 Isn't As Risky As You Might Think

Research recently undertaken by Israeli scientists suggests that giving birth over the age of 50 is no more dangerous than doing so while in your 40s.

Deciding when exactly in your life to have a baby can be one of the hardest decisions you ever have to make. Weighing up whether you and your partner are mature enough, financially stable, and that you actually want children. Truth be told, if you try and wait until everything is completely perfect, you might well be waiting forever.

The unfair fact of the matter is that for men, it doesn't really matter too much. Granted, not many want to wait until they are old enough that they get mistaken for their baby's grandparents, but for the most part, men aren't reminded to hurry up by the ticking of a biological clock. For women, it is completely different. Women have much less time than men to have children, hence the importance of making the decision of when exactly to start trying.

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Despite that aforementioned biological clock, many women are having babies much later in life nowadays. We often have it drummed into us that the older a woman is when she falls pregnant, the more chance there is that there'll be complications with both mom and baby. Research conducted by the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba and Ben-Gurion University, and covered by Ynet, attempted to determine how much more of a risk it is for a woman to have a baby during her later years.

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The study compared thousands of women who became pregnant and gave birth at a range of different ages. The findings revealed that women over the age of 40 do indeed have a higher chance of developing issues during pregnancy and childbirth. However, that same research showed those risks didn't increase in women aged 50 and above.

Perhaps this is one of the first steps in women having children at a later age without being judged or worrying as much as they would do in the past. Yes, there does appear to be a higher risk of developing complications such as gestational diabetes and pregnancy hypertension, however, that risk does not necessarily escalate the older you get. As always with these types of things, it really is a case to case basis, and for the best advice for you, it is always advised that you seek out a professional.

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