Pregnancy over age 50

Pregnancy over age 50

Pregnancy over age 50 has, over recent years,
become more possible for women, due to recent advances in assisted reproductive technology,
in particular egg donation. Typically, a woman’s fecundity ends with menopause,
which by definition is 12 consecutive months without having had any menstrual flow at all. During perimenopause, the menstrual cycle
and the periods become irregular and eventually stop altogether, but even when periods are
still regular, the egg quality of women in their forties is typically dramatically lower
than in younger women, making the likelihood of conceiving a healthy baby also dramatically
lower, particularly after age 42. Men, in contrast, generally remain fertile
throughout their lives, although the risk of genetic defects is greatly increased due
to the paternal age effect. Other sources claim that men might experience
a decline in fertility starting in their late 30s. In the United States, between 1997 and 1999,
539 births were reported among mothers over age 50, with 194 being over 55. According to statistics from the Human Fertilisation
and Embryology Authority, in the Britain, more than 20 babies are born to women over
age 50 per year through in-vitro fertilization with the use of donor oocytes. Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara is the oldest
verified mother; she was aged 66 years 358 days when she gave birth to twins; she was
130 days older than Adriana Iliescu, who gave birth in 2005 to a baby girl. The children were conceived through IVF with
donor eggs. The oldest verified mother to conceive naturally
is Dawn Brooke; she conceived a son at the age of 59 years in 1997 while taking oestrogen. Medical considerations
The risk of pregnancy complications increases as the mother’s age increases. Risks associated with childbearing over the
age of 50 include an increased incidence of gestational diabetes, hypertension, delivery
by caesarean section, miscarriage, preeclampsia, and placenta previa. In comparison to mothers between 20 and 29
years of age, mothers over 50 are at almost three times the risk of low birth weight,
premature birth, and extremely premature birth; their risk of extremely low birth weight,
small size for gestational age, and fetal mortality was almost double. Cases of pregnancy over 50
Facts about the conception of pregnancies in this age group can be difficult to determine,
but they are nearly always due to the use of IVF with donor eggs. Although many claims, both present and historical,
exist about pregnancies at very advanced ages, most of these have not been verified. Debate
Pregnancies among older women have been a subject of controversy and debate. Some argue against motherhood late in life
on the basis of the health risks involved, or out of concern that an older mother might
not be able or around to care for a child as she ages, while others contend that having
a child is a fundamental right and that it is commitment to a child’s wellbeing, not
the parents’ ages, that matters. A survey of attitudes towards pregnancy over
age 50 among Australians found that 54.6% believed it was acceptable for a postmenopausal
woman to have her own eggs transferred and that 37.9% believed it was acceptable for
a postmenopausal women to receive donated ova or embryos. Governments have sometimes taken actions to
regulate or restrict later-in-life childbearing. In the 1990s, France approved a bill which
prohibited postmenopausal pregnancy, which the French Minister of Health at the time,
Philippe Douste-Blazy, said was “…immoral as well as dangerous to the health of mother
and child”. In Italy, the Association of Medical Practitioners
and Dentists prevented its members from providing women aged 50 and over with fertility treatment. Britain’s then-Secretary of State for Health,
Virginia Bottomley, stated, “Women do not have the right to have a child; the child
has a right to a suitable home”. However, in 2005, age restrictions on IVF
in the United Kingdom were officially withdrawn. Legal restrictions are only one of the barriers
confronting women seeking IVF, as many fertility clinics and hospitals set age limits of their
own. See also
Mother Age and female fertility
Pregnancy Sexuality in older age
Teenage pregnancy List of youngest birth mothers


  1. I had egg donation in the age of 58 years old. Now my DH and I have two wonderful babies. Our girls are 3 years old. We underwent donation in Ukrainian clinic. We were afraid it may not work because of our age. But the procedure was successful thanks to our doctor and egg donor. We are very grateful!

  2. Of course, I am really happy that in the modern world we have an opportunity to make our dreams come true. It is unbelievable that nowadays people could get their child naturally at this age. But… To my mind, it is a little bit strange. I mean, first of all it is just quite difficult for the mother’s body! Moreover, at this age person could have a lot of different problems with his/her health, so… Isn’t it will be easier to ask for some help from the surrogate mother? I know that nowadays it is very popular! So around the world are a lot of good clinics. I am from Eastern Europe and I should say that there are many clinics in Georgia, Russia and Ukraine. To my mind, in Kiev is situated one of the best reproductive center – Biotexcom. The whole program costs there 30k and it is quite affordable. I think this variant will be the best for mothers at this age. They will have more energy and inner forces for their children!

  3. I gave birth to my son last year. I was 59 at that time. He`s our first baby. I`m so grateful to the doctors for that. I used IVF service in Ukraine. They offer this procedure for women of any age. I was in the biggest center for human reproduction in the capital. So I was sure that there wouldn`t appear any problems. They deal with it for many years. There are women from Germany and Sweden who gave birth in their mid-sixties. And moreover, their children are completely healthy. You say about noise… It brings me happiness to hear it. At the first time our house is full of laugh and happiness.

  4. It's an aspect of our health that most of us take for granted: Have sex, get pregnant, right? In reality, even minor stressors can throw your body out of whack. A woman's fertile days are usually the day of ovulation and the four of five days before. But don't assume that you automatically ovulate on day 14 of your cycle: A study from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that ovulation varies dramatically from woman to woman, occurring as early as day 6 and as late as day 21 of a cycle. How can you determine when you're ovulating? Urine- or saliva-based ovulation test kits are available over the counter; both types check for the presence of hormones that indicate ovulation is imminent. You can also note daily changes in your basal body temperature. But learning to manage stress through relaxation techniques. Such as mindfulness meditation or yoga) or support from a counselor or a group, can get your hormones back on track. If not ART can help. I went fir surrogacy in Bio tex clinic and today I am a mother.

  5. I had 4 SONS I had one high risk pregnacy with my 3rd son.i was 39 my 4 one natural at complications all my kids were over 7 in 8 lbs. Ian 52 still having periods regularly.

  6. I think it is selfish, there are different factors to keep in mind, I had my first child at 18 second one at 25 today I am 65 and I sure don't have the same energy that I used to have even if at this moment I am healthy. But as time goes by you sure don't get any younger. Too many generations apart is not a good thing, it is hard enough to raise a child these days, it is not how it used to be, children are more demanding, they get in trouble when they become teenagers, you just can't deal or understand them if you are 50 years older then they are. and what if your health declines? your young child has to worry that they may loose a parent or even worse take care of it at a young age, when they should be living a life having fun and without worries and not baby sitting an old sick parent. My son and my daughter in law had a baby that is now one year old, and the first one is 7 and she is 54. She went in menopause when she was in her 40's they used a donor eggs for both children, I am happy to have those grandchildren but I think that it was a selfish act. the one year old baby is hyper and keeps his mother terribly busy, I wonder what will happen when he is in his teens and she is my age. I had a hard time dealing with my son's teen years and I was young and strong, I could not deal with that now! My son is 5 years younger then his wife, he comes home tired from work and has to deal with a screaming child. Not to mention that when she goes to pick her kids from school all the other moms are young and she seems like a grandmother. I don't understand these women that want a baby at all cost, either you have them when you are young or let it go. At that age you should be a grandmother not a mother.

  7. And what s about the young girls who get pregnant under 16 ???
    Are they ready for that ?

    A mature woman is defo ready

  8. If you have child at 50 you will be 100 when your child is 50. If u have child at 60 u will be 120 when your child is 60. If u have child at 40 u will be 80 when your child is 40. If I have child at 30 u will be 60 when your child 30 makes sence

  9. I've been married for almost 25 years now and TTC am already 45 now. Indeed it is not easy to wait, especially after a few months into marriage and people start asking you if you're pregnant, that's when the pressure
    starts…. At about 7months into the marriage i asked my husband to accompany me to the hospital so we can get checked he refused, he said he didn't want to hear any bad news. He said God has given others He'll give us too but i was still troubled. I stumbled on the prayers in May last year and i decided to give myself a chance, through the help of a friend i located Doctor Savior after so many talk and frustration i conceived a baby boy successful with no problems it's was so much a surprise too me and my husband after I use is herbs I got pregnant few week later. God is working and He'll perfect it for all. WhatsApp contact Savior: +1 513-666-4364 for care service.

  10. I wonder where the women over 50 got their IVF and donor eggs. Don't those fertility clinics have age limits in certain places? How could a 59 years old woman conceive a baby naturally? Wouldn't she be in menopause at that age?

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