Around 30 years ago only 5% of women were over 35 when they had a child, but the figure has now risen to 20 to 25%. It’s thought scientific advances has made it easier for women to have children at an older age, and the increasing trend in celebrities also having children later may have influenced people.
Whilst there are risks for older mothers, Professor Nicolaides, who holds two professorships and runs a medical foundation that researches foetal health says: ”The risks of late motherhood are completely exaggerated. There’s an increased risk of Down’s syndrome but the vast majority of women have normal babies at 40 and completely normal pregnancies.”
Many women are also choosing to go to fertility clinics where a mix of traditional and complementary therapies are used to help the conceive.