May 11, 2014 10:58 PM by Kelsey Kennedy

Age of First-Time Mothers on the rise

A recent study released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that the age of first-time mothers continues to rise.

First-time moms between the ages of 40 and 44 saw a large increase at 35-percent. Doctor Laura Klein is the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Memorial Hospital, part of University of Colorado Health.

At a high-risk pregnancy center, she sees a lot of mothers over the age of 35. Many of them have normal, healthy pregnancies.

"Especially in Colorado Springs, we see a lot of moms who are over 35, but are in excellent physical health," she says. "They eat right and exercise. Those women have a lot easier time during pregnancy than if they have chronic health problems."

The risk of chromosome abnormalities increases with a mother's age, but Klein says her office uses new non-invasive genetic testing for higher-risk mothers.



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