Tuesday 28 March 2017

Am I too old to have a baby at 36?

Many women don't start to have a family until they are in their mid-thirties. photo: PA
Many women don't start to have a family until they are in their mid-thirties. photo: PA

Q I'm 36 and married to a lovely man who is divorced from his first wife, as I am from my first husband.

He has three children; one son is away at university and two younger ones. I have two children aged 14 and 12 and we have decided that it would be nice to have a child together. However, I am concerned that I am too old. My doctor has explained that there are different tests to monitor the baby during pregnancy but I found it all very confusing. I'm still worried about what I should do. D. E.

Fiona says: You're not over the hill

I am surprised that you think you might be too old as these days many women don't start to have a family until they are in their mid-thirties.

Please stop thinking that you are somehow over the hill, because you're not!

It is true that there can be greater risks when having a baby later in life.

But, as your doctor explained, there are tests that can be taken to eliminate many of the worst of these.

The fact that you both have had children already suggests that conception ought not to be a problem.





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