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Posted by: Mary | 2007/06/11

Pregnancy

is it safe and posseble for a woman to be pregnant at forty six
what are the risks for baby and mom

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Dear Mary

The possibilities of natural conception at age 46 is less than 5% and there are certain obstetrical related risks as well as chromosomal and genetic risks which need to be considered. The likelihood of chromosomal abnormalities is in the region of 1 in 35 (extremely high), but these risks can be tested for in early pregnancy and a termination of pregnancy offered in cases of abnormality. The risks of the mother would be dependent on her underlying health and should the mother to be, be in good shape as well this would therefore minimise the obstetrical risks. In cases of assisted reproduction/surrogacy pregnancies would be acceptable up to age 50, but not beyond this point.

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