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Pregnancy over the age of 40.

Hello. I'm 41 years old. I have two children of 21 and 17 and have been divorced for two years. I would love to have another child with my current partner, but I'm afraid of the risks to me and the baby because of my age.

It is true that late pregnancies are statistically higher-risk than pregnancies in younger women, with the risk of genetic diseases becoming much higher, which is why older women are offered more screening than younger mums to be. Older women also find pregnancy and caring for a new baby more exhausting than their younger counterparts, nights of brokens sleep take their toll. Another thing to bear in mind, is that the skin of a women over 40 has less elasticity and the weight you put on during pregnancy could damage your skin tone afterwards. Basically, there are certainly more risks associated with late pregnancies, but your pregnancy will be more closely monitored, to pick up on any problems as early as possible.

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