The Leading Questions On Being Over 40 and Trying to Conceive

Due to the recent announcement that Janet Jackson is pregnant two weeks shy of her 50th birthday, I have been flooded with questions about how women well after age 40 can get pregnant. Although it is common knowledge that age negatively impacts female fertility, many women still don’t grasp just when it is too late to get pregnant.

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The Business of Delayed Child-Bearing in the Career Woman

After training for 15 years to become a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, I found myself 34 with no prospects for a long-term relationship and one year away from being the dreaded “advanced maternal age” — that age for a woman when her risk of having a baby with genetic abnormalities (i.e. Down syndrome) starts to increase. As a high-risk obstetrician, I should have realized the significance of that milestone in my life, but I didn’t.

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