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Women over 45 are 10 times as likely to become pregnant with multiples

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, September 20, 2006 | 0 comments

According to the NCHS, women over 45 (some of whom are taking fertility drugs) are ten times as likely to become pregnant with multiples as women in their twenties.

It's widely known that older mothers are more likely to give birth to a baby with a chromosomal disorder. This still leaves the 45-year-old mother-to-be with a better than 95% chance of giving birth to a chromosomally normal baby, but it can be worrisome nonetheless.


While you should be pre-menopausal, we have been surprised to see successes in several women over 40; a 45 year old women who came to us with one blocked fallopian tube recently reported to us that she became pregnant naturally after therapy.


I have had 2 pregnancies after the magic age of "35". I had one at 40 and am pregnant with another son at 45. Both were easy pregnancies (so far). My delivery with my son was extremely easy. Good Luck and think positively. - Tammy


I know of a woman posting on Pregnancy-Info who is happily pregnant at 45. - Margot


My mum had me at 45. Back in my mum’s day, women had kids till they couldn’t anymore. It is just natural. - Eileen


2760 Stories of Pregnancy & Birth over 44 years old



About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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