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A New Study Confirms: Pregnancy Can Be Riskier When You’re an Old Lady

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Closeup of Pregnant Woman's BellyLet’s face it: Pregnancy can be challenging —both physically and emotionally—whether you’re 21 or 41. But as more and more women delay having children, we no longer bat an eye when mamas of a certain age, from celebs like Halle Berry to our coworkers and next-door neighbors, appear to sail through pregnancy and deliver healthy, bouncing babies.

But a new study from the University of Eastern Finland proves what many older moms already know: Pregnancy can be riskier when you’re of an “advanced maternal age” (that’s charming medical speak meaning “over the age of 35″).

Reeta Lamminpää, MHSc, looked at data from nearly 700,000 Finnish women, specifically observing “pregnancy outcomes and complications… in four different groups of older women: women diagnosed with preeclampsia, women who were smoking, who were overweight or obese and who were diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).” Not surprisingly, she found that “AMA women had increased risks related to pregnancy and birth compared to younger women aged less than 35 years old.” Specifically:

“AMA women with preeclampsia had increased risk especially for preterm deliveries and small-for-gestational-age-infants (SGA). AMA women who were smoking had increased risk especially for low birth weight (LBW), preterm deliveries, foetal death and SGA-infants. AMA women who were overweight or obese had increased risk especially for preterm deliveries, foetal death, large-for-gestational-age―infants (LGA), Caesarean and preeclampsia. AMA women diagnosed with GDM had increased risk especially for preterm deliveries, foetal death, LGA-infants and preeclampsia.”

Yikes! However, the study points out that identifying older moms-to-be in these at-risk categories could mean earlier detection of complications and lead to healthier moms and babies—and that’s good news for moms of any age.

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Could YOU Handle a Pregnancy at 51?

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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?

Take our quiz to find out if you’re ready for another baby. And don’t forget to like Everything Pregnancy to keep up with the very latest pregnancy-related news!

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The Most Googled Celeb Pregnancy of 2013 Goes to…

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Not so fast! Before I announce the winner, let’s recap the “nominees” aka all of the lovely pregnant stars of 2013 (well, most of them—there isn’t enough space or time to go over every single one of them but these are the highlights!).

In the newsmakers category we have Kate Middleton, who was the picture of perfection—period. Jessica Simpson was a boho goddess in major maxis. Though Kim Kardashian was often criticized for her fashion (and her pregnancy weight gain), I think she was graceful under pressure (that said, note to pregnant women everywhere: a head-to-toe, long sleeve, high-neck rose-patterned gown is not a good look—ever).

As for our favorite musicians, Shakira’s hips didn’t—and still don’t—lie. Even nine months pregnant, she was just as perky and petite as ever (how’d she do it?). Fergie was able to maintain her rocker edge from start to finale (I wanted an encore!). Gwen Stefani has been the master of (bump) disguise in fashion-forward staples any girl would die for (especially me!).

Then you have the sweet girl-next-door types who’ve melted our hearts with every interview or Twitter post about what it means to be a mom: Drew Barrymore (I am eating up every gushing word she utters!), Jennifer Love Hewitt (I wish your mom was still alive to see your adorable bump!), Kristen Bell (cuteoverload!), and Jenna Dewan-Tatum (who was one of the most stunning pregnant women ever! Am I right?).

And we can’t forget the mamas-to-be who just recently surprised us all with their pregnancy news: Kelly Clarkson (sending morning sickness-ending vibes your way, girl!), Olivia Wilde (the kid’s going to have looks and humor!), Ginnifer Goodwin (yes, I’m a little jealous! First, you had an on and off-screen fairytale romance, now you’re getting your happy ending!) and Kerry Washington (brains, beauty and unbelievable style!).

And the title for most Googled pregnant woman of 2013 goes to…drum roll, please! KIM KARDASHIAN! Now here’s the top 10 list of the most Googled pregnant babes of 2013 in descending order:

1. Kim Kardashian

2. Kate Middleton

3. Megan Fox

4. Shakira

5. Jessica Simpson

6. Halle Berry

7. Tamar Braxton

8. Olivia Wilde

9. Kerry Washington

10. Jennifer Love Hewitt

TELL US: Are you surprised by the list? Did your favorite pregnant stars make the cut? Who was left out that should have been on it?

Image of pregnant belly courtesy of Shutterstock.

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