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Pregnant At 40

Does Age Really Matter?

Ask several women what they think is the ideal age for pregnancy, and you’ll get wildly different answers. Those who give birth in their early 20s benefit from seemingly boundless energy and über-resilient bodies; the 30-something new mom is grateful to have established herself in her career before taking maternity leave; the woman in her early 40s delivers with a strong sense of self and few qualms about being able to afford diapers.

Older Parenthood

I walked my 5th grader to her classroom on the first day of school this week.  As I looked around at the other parents, I recognized once again that I’m one of the older mothers in the hall.  I was 39 when I had this daughter; what my obstetrician called:  Advanced Maternal Age.  It’s not like I’m really old, but now, ten years later, as I stand outside the classroom, three things cross my mind:

1)  Dang, these parents are young and

2)  There’s no way I could show up here wearing sweats and a dirty pony tail like they can and

Pregnancy in your 20s, 30s &40s

Carol Vaghar had a typical new-mom experience when she gave birth to her first child 15 years ago at age 28. “During my pregnancy, I’d met a crowd of other first-time mothers,” says the Newton, Mass., real-estate agent. “We got together weekly after our children were born. We formed a baby-sitting circle and also got together socially with our husbands.”

The Doctor Is In

Especially for a first-timer, early pregnancy can be disorienting, and even the most thorough and caring doctor is bound to overlook some of your concerns. To help, we’ve come up with answers to some of the questions newly pregnant women ask most. Our expert is Raymond I. Poliakin, M.D., professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of What You Didn’t Think to Ask Your Obstetrician (Contemporary Books, 1994).

This Is What Family Looks Like Now

An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship" goes the Spanish proverb, but you can't prove it by me. The only child of a single mother who was also an only child, I grew up a continent away from anyone who could even remotely be called kin. Although I can't have children, and my husband's kids reside far from us, I could be living smack in the middle of "The Waltons," so wide and deep are the connections among the people I love and the obligations we share.

Age Matters

While there's no perfect time to have a baby, women in their 20s, 30s and 40s may have different approaches toward pregnancy and motherhood. Here, we take you on a journey through the ages, with tips on starting out fit and healthy—no matter how old you are when you conceive.

Through the Ages
Pregnancy and motherhood at 20, 30 & 40.