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“Your forties is not a time to be thinking about getting pregnant,” she is quoted as saying.
The article states she has no desire to be the “poster girl for older mothers,” and on motherhood after forty, she revealed “it is not a good idea.”
Whether intentionally or not, the Desperate Housewives (http://en NULL.wikipedia NULL.org/wiki/Desperate_Housewives) star—who began fertility treatments at 44 and later gave birth to twins—has added fuel to the recent negative public backlash against later life mothers.
For women in their forties who—much like Cross herself once did—“desperately” pine to become mothers, her comments can only further enhance fears and insecurities over their own ability to be mothers.
Ironically, less than a week after this article appeared, the Mail penned another, featuring the latest American study (http://www NULL.dailymail NULL.co NULL.uk/femail/article-2096285/Pregnancy-IVF-patients-age-50-carries-risk-women-42 NULL.html) demonstrating that women getting pregnant over 50 using donor eggs face no greater risk than women under 42 who conceive the same way.
Women from both age groups were found to have the same likelihood of developing gestational diabetes, or premature labor.
According to work by Dr. Mark Sauer from the University of Columbia Medical School, the women over fifty “do pretty well.” This study was published in the February 2012 issue of the American Journal of Perinatology, and is the largest so far on pregnancy in post-menopausal women.
Interestingly, Dr. Sauer’s findings fall in with two previous U.S. studies on older mothers. A 2007 University of California study (http://www NULL.fertstert NULL.org/article/S0015-0282%2806%2904566-3/abstract) found that women having children after the age of 50 can cope with the stress of parenting just as effectively as younger mothers in their 30’s.
Earlier, a 2002 study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (http://jama NULL.ama-assn NULL.org/cgi/content/full/288/18/2320) concluded: “there does not appear to be any definitive medical reason for excluding [healthy women in their 50s] from attempting pregnancy on the basis of age alone.”
Forgive my spelling, but you can almost hear Jan Brady whispering between the lines…Marsha, Marsha, Marsha…there’s more to later motherhood than desperation.
Notes for this blog:
Links to UK Daily Mail features:
Marcia Cross: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2093948/Your-forties-time-thinking-getting-pregnant-Marcia-Cross-doesnt-want-poster-girl-older-mothers.html#ixzz1ljwFnTN3 (http://www NULL.dailymail NULL.co NULL.uk/femail/article-2093948/Your-forties-time-thinking-getting-pregnant-Marcia-Cross-doesnt-want-poster-girl-older-mothers NULL.html#ixzz1ljwFnTN3)
Dr. Sauer’s Study: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2096285/Pregnancy-IVF-patients-age-50-carries-risk-women-42.html (http://www NULL.dailymail NULL.co NULL.uk/femail/article-2096285/Pregnancy-IVF-patients-age-50-carries-risk-women-42 NULL.html)
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