53 and pregnant, so what?

A pregnant woman
A pregnant woman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Today’s show, this was the topic. The bone of contention is if the woman will be healthy enough to take care of a child.

One of the panelists said that he had his first biological son when he
was 49 and he thinks he is a better parent because he is smarter and he
has enough knowledge on things.

Do you agree?


This is from a discussion board I joined before where I am not active

anymore.  The comments below were also from those people in that

discussion board.

From toniganzon

I disagree. I gave birth to my son when i was only 26 and a lot of
people are telling me i’m a good mother. My son is a happy child,
excelling in school and has some good manners. I raised him to be a
responsible child and an independent one.

Age is not a gauge for one to become a mature and good parent.

From hardworkinggurl

Yes so what is what I say too. Though scientifically there are some odd
against anyone that age to be conceiving, but I say if healthy and or
understand the risk, why not. So as long as they are the ones raising
the child, I really do not think it is anyone’s concern but the parent.

To be honest, though I personally would not have waited top start at his
age but at least he was responsible enough not to have them way too
early. As long as a parent is a responsible one, and healthy I
personally do not see an issue with it. Would he have been a good parent
at 20 versus now, is the real question.

From skysuccess

I am sorry but I thought the risk would apply to women when they are the
ones carrying the baby to term.

It is a fact that women getting pregnant above 35 are likely to face
risks and complications to either their babies, the mother or both like
birth defects, miscarriages and chronic health problems.

Like birth defects, studies have confirmed that risk of giving birth to a
child with a birth defect does increase as the mother’s age increases.
The traditional age at which a woman is considered to be at high risk
for chromosomal abnormalities is 35. Approximately 1 in 1,400 babies
born from women in their 20’s have Down syndrome; it increases to about 1
in 100 babies born with Down syndrome from women in their 40s.

The only issue with men would probably be fertility where it is believed
that sperm count which is vital for women to conceive would be on the
decrease with age.

From janevi

In parenting age is not a guarantee to become a good parent. I don’t
agree that marrying in old age or becoming a parent at a later age is
not the same as becoming a good parent. One can have knowledge of how to
rear a child but having experienced rearing up a child is different.

From padu19

I did not know that a women can become pregnant even at that age!! At
least, the women would not want to deliver a baby at that age. She would
not be that healthy to give birth and also take care of the baby. I
would say that the couple is risking the life of the child. They may not
be able to take care of the kid for long. Instead the kid will be put
to a situation to take care of its old parents. Also, his/her fellow
mates may mock him for having got such old parents. It might not be
given a normal status in the society and thus creating embarrassment to
the kid!

I feel, it is thus not correct to give birth to a baby beyond 40 years!

From surfer222

i’ve read somewhere that for women above 35yo. having a child could be
dangerous for her health, i forgot the medical reasoning behind this
statement but that’s what i read.

From viney17

for men well it’s normal to impregnate women whatever his age but for
women to be pregnant on an early or late stage then it would be
dangerous not even for their health but for their life itself.


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