Counsel women about increased risks associated with pregnancy at later age, study recommends

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 22 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:389
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    A study that looked at data on more than eight million live births in the United States shows that the most common complications of pregnancy facing mothers aged ≥45 years are raised blood pressure, preterm birth, and excessive bleeding during labour.

    Labour is also more likely to be prolonged or dysfunctional in this age group, and the risk of breech or caesarean delivery is higher, says the study, which was published online on 8 February in Human Reproduction (, doi: 10.1093/humrep/del522).

    “This analysis demonstrates the substantial increased risks of pregnancy …

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