Our expert says:
There are certainly risks associated with having a pregnancy at age 40 and beyond and you have essentially mentioned the likely possibilities. However one has to carefully look at the risk factors in terms of their likelihood of occurring and weight that against the desire to have a baby as well as the optimistic outcomes if appropriate diagnostic methods are applied and appropriate obstetrical care is instituted. In my experience the majority if not all of the likely possible complications can be dealt with adequately or diagnosed timeously and therefore I see no substantial reason for not going ahead with conception.
Answered by: Dr M.I. Cassim
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