Questions often arise as to the advisability of pregnancy at certain ages. Advanced maternal age is associated with increased risks of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, incidental medical problems, aneuploidy and miscarriage. While this may sound overwhelming, and translates into increased maternal mortality , the vast majority of mothers in their forties will deliver satisfactorily and should not be deterred from conceiving unless there are specific issues for concern. Often concern about ane-uploidy and miscarriage has a greater influence than maternal disease.
There are occasions when it is advisable to conceive at a younger age than planned, that is, in the presence of mild renal failure a satisfactory outcome may be anticipated, whereas a delay with consequent loss of renal function may result in a very-high-risk pregnancy. The natural history of background medical conditions must be considered when advising on optimal age for conception.
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