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No higher risk for Down's Syndrome over 40

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, November 03, 2007 | 0 comments

Women over 40 DO NOT have a higher risk for Down's Syndrome babies. That statistic is skewed. The risk is higher for Down's babies with a FIRST pregnancy and since in the last 20 years a greater majority of women were choosing to put off having babies until in their 40's all of a sudden the instances of Down's babies over the age of 40 increased drastically!

But it wasn't women in general over 40 having babies... it was STILL first pregnancies with the high risk - it just so happened that many more of these first pregnancies were occurring over age 40. Thus the stats changed but were never explained accurately.


I hate to confess it, but lately I've just been SOOOO tired and worn out. I recall the same thing when I was pregnant with my first in 2004. Not to complain, I know that this too, will pass, and that "they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength..."

My due date is February 26, right before my 45th birthday, and I'm now in my 10th week.


I am 44 and due on 4/10/07... only six weeks along right now, but my first ultrasound looked good this week! I have a 19 year old son, an 18 year old daughter and an 11 year old step-son. All siblings are very excited about this upcoming birth!

I will be 45 at delivery, but am at complete peace with this pregnancy as I know it is all in God's hands. My husband and I were not expecting this at all, but we are feeling truly blessed and excited beyond belief! I'm glad I found this site as it is very encouraging... Thank You!


I'm 44 on 9/6 and found out last Wednesday that I'm pregnant with my first baby. Baby is due 5/3/07 according to internet. First Doctor's appt. is on 9/20.

I'm a little afraid due to all the statistics, but I believe God gave us this blessing and I'm going to stay positive. I was glad to find a place for my age to post where God is glorified. Hubby and I got married last year. He has a 19 year old daughter having her first baby in December! This is my first marriage and first pregnancy.


Hey, I conceived twins at 42! And then another baby at 44. I'll soon be 47, and no sign of another one yet. I'm thinking things might be winding down here. And that's okay. I've been blessed beyond my wildest dreams! Never did I imagine having four babies in my 40's!


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"In 2005, there were more than 104,000 births in the United States to women ages 40 through 44, and over 6,500 to women 45 and older. In 2004, there were 1,786 live births to women over 42, using donor eggs."

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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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