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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Late Pregnacy,How Much Safe

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 9:26 PM 2 comments

Boy with Down Syndrome assembling a book case.A Child of Down's Syndrome

A news in The CNN was about the late pregnancy.What tought is that pregnancy after the age of 35 is likely to produce congenital anomalies in the baby.Most common linkage was to Down's Syndrome the mean average age of mother at childbirth is 37 years.Birth of babies with this syndrome increases with mother's age.Down's Syndrome is due to chromosomal defect i.e. addition of extra piece of chromosome to the chromosome no 21 .These babies can be identified in the infancy.They are characterized by round head,less developed nasal bridge,upward and outward slanting eyes,low set ear and small ear lobule,a hanging mouth ,heavy fissured tongue,short little finger and eye lens opacity etc.These are mentally retarded and may have heart defects.later in the life predisposed to early Alzheimer's disease and blood cancer.These defects can be diagnosed while the fetus is inside the womb.And pregnancy is discontinued.

Karyotype for trisomy Down syndrome.Karyotype of trisomy Down's Syndrome




Also older mothers get childbirth problems.In a pre-collected ovum and sperm (Frozen)using the method of IVF ,one can become mother, it is stated.But again hormonal support and mothers general body status is to be looked into.
clipped from www.cnn.com
Should you get pregnant if you're 50 or older?
  • Story Highlights
  • If a woman is in good health, she can conceive and give birth into her 50s
  • Most fertility centers stop treating after 55, but there aren't any laws to enforce this
  • Doctors say tougher regulations would hinder their ability to treat patients
  • Florida woman was able to have her miracle baby at 51
updated 5:08 p.m. EDT, Fri July 17, 2009
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