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Are women over 50 at higher risk during pregnancy?

The American Journal of Perinatology Feb 2012 issue includes a study by Columbia University Medical Center indicating that older women who are pregnant with donor eggs are not at a higher risk of obstetrical complications than their younger counterparts who were also pregnant with donor eggs.   This is in contrast to epidemiological data that suggested otherwise.

This most recent study compared two groups of women:  those in their 50s having childen via egg donation, and women under 42 having children via egg donation.  Both sets of women had similar rates of gestational hypertension, diabetes, c-sections and premature births.

The conclusion emphasized the importance of all women undergoing medical screening prior to attemping pregnancy, but the findings indicated that simply being over 50 years old did not increase the risk of pregnancy complications over the younger women!

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