Pregnancy After 50: Is It Possible And Why Do More Women Decide To Become Moms When It’s Time To Be Nanas?
June 7, 2019 11:20 By Fabiosa
Regardless of the time when you became a mother, when children grow up they leave the family nest. Some moms start living for themselves, others live a lonely life in a house that was once full of life, and still others decide to go through it all again. Few people would condemn a woman slightly over 40 for making this choice, but a 50-year-old is bound to become the object of curious glances and misunderstandings.
Helen Gration was already 49 when both her teenage sons were about to go to college. At this age, many already play with their grandkids and experience the second, new, more meaningful phase of life. But is it necessary to become a grandmother in all senses of this word to fill the emptiness in the heart and home?
Like any mom, Helen had a hard time seeing off her sons. But she didn’t feel that the experience of motherhood was complete for her. Even though she was approaching her 50th birthday, and her spouse was almost 20 years older, the couple decided to have their third child.
Despite menopause, Helen was still able to carry a healthy baby, but not from her own genetic material. In 2019, at the age of 51, thanks to successful IVF, the woman was in her 20th week of pregnancy and awaiting their happy addition by October.
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Helen shared her story with one goal: to show that motherhood is not only for young, 20- or 30-year-old women. And she was confident that she and her husband would have enough strength and health to raise the third child to adulthood.
It is noteworthy that in recent decades, many women don’t hurry to become mothers in early youth. Some people prioritize a good education and career, which takes up the period of life best suited for pregnancy and childbirth from a physiological point of view. Others are very cautious about commitment and marriage because of their parents’ unfortunate example. Still others don’t feel prepared for this financially or emotionally, especially when there are problems with conception or treatment is required.
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Finally, modern medicine has gone so far that many more women can become mothers as opposed to some 10 years ago. A successful and healthy pregnancy has become a reality not only at 50, but even after 60. Of course, provided proper observation and satisfactory health condition at the time of conception.
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It gets harder to become a mother with age since the number of eggs capable of developing into an embryo and fetus after fertilization reduces every year. After menopause, women opt to use a donor’s or own pre-frozen biological material. The risk of developing chromosomal abnormalities is also somewhat higher. At this age, it is already quite difficult to predict, as well as other possible complications.
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The latter include an increased risk of developing:
- gestational diabetes;
- heart problems;
- a stroke;
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The risk of premature birth, including through a C-section, and a low body-mass of the baby is also higher. But it is young children who help older people stay active, make them more careful about their own health, and keep up with the times, right? How do you feel about geriatric pregnancy?
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