Halle Berry & The Risks Of Pregnancy At An Older Age

A woman holding a stethoscope against her pregnant belly Halle Berry’s pregnancy is making news, not just because she’s Halle, but because she’s also in her mid-40s.

But, she’s not alone. Fellow celebrity moms Nia Long and Mariah Carey also delivered in their 40s, and recent statistics show women are waiting later to have children in general.
“Some reasons include career aspirations, or they just simply haven’t met the right person yet,” says Renee Volny, an obstetrician and gynecologist.  “There are more and more women of advance maternal age looking into options to conceive.”

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The Options

Most women of advance maternal age usually opt for assisted reproductive technique (ART) – treatment options to improve conception — in lieu of natural conception. Through ART, births have been reported in women as old as 70 years old.

“It includes in-vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, and ovulation enhancement drugs, which can increase the likelihood to have a viable egg that can be fertilized and carried to full term,” Volny explains.