More Women over 40 Have Babies

      April 06, 2021 10:05

      More and more women in Korea are having babies in their 40s and even 50s thanks to advances in fertility treatment.

      One 47-year-old woman gave birth to a healthy baby weighing 3.56 kg at MizMedi Hospital in January after in-vitro fertilization. It becomes more difficult for women to bear children after the age of 35, but medical advances provide hope to Koreans who marry later in life.

      A researcher checks frozen eggs in a hospital in Seoul.

      At Seoul National University Hospital, 23 women over 45 gave birth between 2016 to 2020. One was 53. A 41-year-old who had her first child at SNU Hospital on Feb. 25, said, "I was too busy with work and ended up having a baby late, so now people are congratulating me even more."

      Park Joong-shin at Seoul National University Hospital said, "Women who have babies these days are very active and knowledgeable in prenatal care, which leads to more successful births."

      But obstetricians still recommend having babies before 35, because the older the mothers the higher the chances of high blood pressure-related ailments, toxemia during pregnancy, diabetes and giving birth to a disabled child.

      MizMedi Hospital analyzed 13,144 women who gave birth there from 2016 to 2020 and found that the rate of complications in pregnancy was 35.4 percent for women below 35 but rose 51.9 percent for women over 40.

      Cho Joo-hyung at MizMedi Hospital said, "In older mothers, there is a higher chance of underlying diseases, while diabetes, high blood pressure and other symptoms can appear suddenly. It's important to check women's health carefully before pregnancy and be aware of potential complications."

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