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Saint
03-25-11, 01:47 AM
A 42 year-old woman who had given birth twise at age 31 and 35, is it safe for her to give birth again at age 42-43?

Me-Ki-Gal
03-25-11, 01:57 AM
A 42 year-old woman who had given birth twise at age 31 and 35, is it safe for her to give birth again at age 42-43?

Me and my wife did . The Doctors were not all happy with it and the chances of Down syndrome are at a higher factor from what they say . My son is gifted and very healthy at the age of 13 now . So is my wife . She went trough the change of life right after his birth so it was like last chance and we snatched it out of the law of the odds . He is going to save the world one day . His Greatness already shines like a beacon on a mountain top . Like a lighthouse for wayward sailors . Go for it but be aware of the risk before you and your wife make the final decision

cosmictraveler
03-25-11, 06:42 AM
The older, over 40, the woman is the more likely she will have complications with the child. That's not to say she can't have any more but just that she is taking a greater risk of having an unhealthy child.

GeoffP
03-25-11, 07:10 AM
Me mum did, at 44.

...so, while safe for her, it was probably not a safe move for society.

S.A.M.
03-25-11, 07:35 AM
Its not that uncommon.

http://www.mothers35plus.co.uk/intro.htm

Saint
03-25-11, 07:45 AM
While there is a link between maternal age and the occurrence of trisomies, most babies with Down syndrome are born to mothers under the age of 35. This is due to the fact that there are far more younger women having babies. In fact, 80% of babies born with Down syndrome are born to women younger than 35 and the average age of a mother of a baby with Down syndrome is 28 years. Overall, the likelihood of a woman under age 30 giving birth to a child with Down syndrome is less than 1:1000. The risk increases as a woman gets older, with an incidence of about 1:112 at 40 years of age. However, this is still less than 1%.

based on the text above, age is not the contributing factor to Down Syndrome.

adoucette
03-25-11, 07:58 AM
Yes there is, as the article states: The risk increases as a woman gets older

Indeed, for a woman less than 30 the risk is < 1 in 1000, but at age 40 it has increased to over 1 in 100, or > ten times more likely.

Saint
03-25-11, 10:18 AM
But it says:

. In fact, 80% of babies born with Down syndrome are born to women younger than 35

adoucette
03-25-11, 11:10 AM
But it says:

. In fact, 80% of babies born with Down syndrome are born to women younger than 35

That's because so many more women have babies when they are less than 35 then when they are over 35, so because most babies are born to young mothers, most babies with Downs will also be born to younger mothers, but still the CHANCE of having a baby with Downs does go up as you age, such that a mother over 40 is roughly 10 times more likely to have one than when she was less than 30.

Arthur

Me-Ki-Gal
03-25-11, 11:18 AM
That's because so many more women have babies when they are less than 35 then when they are over 35, so yes more babies with Downs are born to younger mothers, but still the CHANCE of having a baby does go up as you age, such that a mother over 40 is roughly 10 times more likely to have one than when she was less than 30.

Arthru

There is a test were they stick a long needle into the womb pull out fluids and check for abnormal stuff, but the test comes with risk also . Then if the couple were to find Down Syndrome or birth defects will the couple abort ? Lots to consider for couples approaching the end of child barring age.
My wife and Me chose not to do the test because of the risk of doing the test , but we knew we would not abort anyway so no reason to take the risk

Cifo
03-25-11, 11:25 AM
In fact, 80% of babies born with Down syndrome are born to women younger than 35
Yes, given that a baby has Down Syndrome, the mother is likely to be under 35 years old because that's when most women have their children anyway.

However, given that a woman is over 40, she is more likely to bear a DS baby, than a woman under 40. Years ago, the medical community touted "40" as the magic age at which women were more likely to bear DS children. In reality, it is a continuous spectrum of probabilities, and there is no huge jump at the magic age of 40.

http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000815/825_f1.gif
From AAFP on Down Syndrome (http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000815/825.html)

Looking at this graph, experts may have extended the straight-line approximation of the probabilities in the mid-40's downward, and it happens to intersect the 0% line at about 40 years old. This is a common method of simplifying such data into piece-wise approximations.

Hercules Rockefeller
03-27-11, 08:40 PM
There is a test were they stick a long needle into the womb pull out fluids and check for abnormal stuff, but the test comes with risk also .... My wife and Me chose not to do the test because of the risk of doing the test , but we knew we would not abort anyway so no reason to take the risk


DS is screened for using ultrasound (nuchal fold test) in combination with a blood test (PCR). Amniocentesis is only performed as a confirmatory test if the ultrasound and blood test indicate a high chance of a DS baby.

Saint
03-27-11, 09:17 PM
Can down syndrome happen after birth?
If DS is detectable, it is ok for 40+ women to get pregnant, she can opt for abortion.

adoucette
03-27-11, 09:20 PM
DS is genetic.
You are always born with it.

Yes it is detectable, but not that early in the pregnancy, which increases the risks if you then elect an Abortion.

ULTRA
03-27-11, 09:23 PM
Millions of women give birth in thier 40's. Happens all the time. A lot of women would keep it whether it was Downs or not. Downs is a "fragile X" condition, which means it's genetic. It's never gonna "come on" after birth. You've either got it or you ain't.

Hercules Rockefeller
03-27-11, 09:28 PM
The nuchal fold ultrasound test and blood test that I referred to earlier is performed at 12 weeks (end of the first trimester) and is considered to give a fairly accurate indication of the DS risk. The output of the test is never a definitive answer - it is always a probability (eg. a 1 in 2000 chance of having a DS baby).

adoucette
03-27-11, 09:45 PM
Down syndrome cannot be diagnosed based on ultrasound findings alone. These findings simply suggest that there is a higher risk that the fetus may have Down syndrome.

The triple test can detect approximately 60 percent of the pregnancies affected by trisomy 21 and will miss about 40% of cases.

Aminocentesis is not usually performed till after the 16th week.

http://downsyndrome.about.com/od/diagnosingdownsyndrome/a/diagnosislong_r_2.htm

Hercules Rockefeller
03-29-11, 06:42 PM
Down syndrome cannot be diagnosed based on ultrasound findings alone.


Yes, I know. Thatís why I said in post #12 that amniocentesis is performed as a confirmatory test if the ultrasound/blood test indicate a probability of DS above a certain threshold (donít know what that is).

GeoffP
03-29-11, 08:37 PM
Does the amnio still carry the high miscarriage risk?

Fraggle Rocker
03-30-11, 01:19 PM
One of my best friends had a rather adventurous youth and finally got around to the marriage/family thing at 40. Her son was born a year later and her daughter four years after that. They're fine.

The problem was her husband. He got leukemia and died when the kids were young. So today, at age 63, she's a single mom supporting a son in college and a daughter who just graduated from high school.

(I don't have these dates written down so excuse me if they don't add up accurately.)

SilentLi89
03-30-11, 01:41 PM
Under the supervision of a doctor both she and the baby should be fine, but won't you be getting pretty old by the time they grow up? And then you might be too old to enjoy playing with your grandkids. Thats what my parents are looking forward to anyway :shrug:

Saint
03-30-11, 09:19 PM
Many people get married after 30s, and have first child at late 30s,
this is what normally happen in Malaysia now.
By the time the child is 20, the parents are 50+.

tomhanks
03-31-11, 09:54 PM
I hear that a 60 years old women also give birth to

Honeyb35
04-08-11, 06:22 AM
It depends on the woman. When a woman officially can't handle holding a baby she will go through menopause, but there are many 40 year old women who have had perfectly fine babies.

Fraggle Rocker
04-08-11, 01:46 PM
It depends on the woman. When a woman officially can't handle holding a baby she will go through menopause, but there are many 40 year old women who have had perfectly fine babies.Menopause occurs later as women get better nutrition and medical care and have less physically stressful lives. My mother started in her early 40s but my wife was around 48.