Grape juice toast to NYC!
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|Mon, 04-12-2010 - 2:02pm|
I love living in New York City for many reason, but, lately, a new one moved toward the top of the list. In NYC, it is common for women to have babies, including first babies, in their early and mid-forties. I have 2 friends and several acquaintances who had babies after 40 (and I knew them before they had their babies). On the other hand, someone having a baby at 21 would raise eyebrows.
When I had my first at 40 (now pregnant with my second at almost 42), my OB told me that no high-risk pregnancy specialist would see me based on my age alone, because having babies at my age is so common in NYC.
They say the most difficult problem a woman in her 40’s who wants to have a baby faces is getting pregnant, so we have overcome that one already. Certain risks do rise, but we still have overwhelming odds of having a healthy baby. And studies show that older parents are more patient, financially secure, and have fewer regrets.