News to Me: Moms Over 40 Are the New Trend


According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, times are changing for aging women. Not only is their age creeping up on them, but the desire to have kids is, too.

In this day and age, with better education and career opportunities for women, it's easier to delay pregnancy, sometimes without realizing it. While I'm all for women holding their careers near and dear to their hearts, putting off motherhood may not be the right decision. According to Dr. Ingrid A. Rodi, a Santa Monica fertility specialist, it's best to get pregnancy rolling when you reach your 30s, since women begin to have fertility problems about 10 to 15 years before experiencing menopause, which typically happens around 50 or 52. Older mothers are also more likely to develop high-blood pressure and gestational diabetes, and they have a higher risk of giving birth to a premature and low-birth-weight baby.

Even though we see celebrities having babies later in life (Marcia Cross, Geena Davis, and Nancy Grace to name a few), it can be harder and more dangerous than we may think, especially if assisted reproduction is used.

Dear's Advice: Although this article may alarm you, be sure you're emotionally and financially ready before jumping on the baby bandwagon.

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