That’s the question a lot of readers are asking after checking out the New York Post’s article on Manhattan publicist Tracey Kahn, who’s a single mom pregnant with her second child at the age of 51.
Tracey reasons out that she’s in good health, well-off, and excited to have two children. And she’s not alone—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of women having children over age 50 have increased fourfold over the past decade. And we’ve seen plenty of celebrities, including Halle Berry, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman and Gwen Stefani, become pregnant after age 40.
Of course, there are risks associated with late-age pregnancy, such as increased risk for type 2 diabetes, stillbirth, and placenta previa for the mom-to-be, and increased risk of Down Syndrome or other genetic issues for the baby. (But Tracey’s using donor sperm and eggs, so she bypasses those issues, at least for her child.)
How old is too old to become a new mom? I know I feel too old, and I’m just in my early 40s—despite my daughters’ pleadings for a little sister or brother. But if you’re healthy, you’re energetic, and you’re motivated—why not? Kudos to Tracey for taking on motherhood at 51.
Tell us: How old were you when you had your last child? Would you consider becoming pregnant over 50?
“We would love more children if God saw fit to give us more, I just want to make sure that I am ready to catch a baby if that would happen,” Michelle Duggar says in tonight’s episode, as she goes to see Dr. Paul Wendel, an ob-gyn in Little Rock, Arkansas, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies.
At 47, if Michelle were to get pregnant again, it would be considered a high-risk pregnancy as the risk of birth defects and complications rise with age. Her doctor says getting pregnant at her age isn’t impossible (just look at Halle Berry!), but “very unusual.” “As we age, your chance of getting pregnant naturally begins to drop. And in the mid-40s it drops to less than 5 percent.”
He also shared that if Michelle were to get pregnant the chances of having a child with down syndrome would be high. (At age 47, the risk is as high as 1 in 4. In comparison, at age 24 the rate is 1 in 2,000.) Of course, this isn’t new news to Michelle, who has had six children since turning 36.
While Michelle would love to have another baby, she says she will be able to come to terms with not having any more children—if it should come to that. “If I am in that season of life where we’re not able to have any more, then I’m fine, I ‘m happy with that,” she says in the clip. “But if there are things physically I need to know, that I need to do, health-wise just to be ready to catch a baby if God saw fit to give us one.”