With Janet Jackson’s pregnancy at age 50 and other stories of older moms, expectations of a mother’s age have begun to change. Women are comfortable waiting later and later.
“Every report of a miracle baby, it gives women false reassurance,” said Tomer Singer, director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in New York. “Biology hasn’t changed. Technology has changed. The younger the patient gets pregnant, the healthier the pregnancy will be.”
Key things to know
- Women planning a pregnancy after age 35 should look into egg/embryo freezing.
- Pregnancies past age 35 can be risky.
- Being an older parents has advantages, like having more financial stability.
- But it also has its downsides, like lack of family help with young children.
- Adoption is an option. Just take Hoda Kotb, 52, who recently adopted a baby girl.