Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: on the dusty homestead
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You know, I'm so curious about that too! I always wonder about the statistics. Like, when they say a woman has a one in 50 (or whatever) chance of having a Down Syndrome baby at a certain age- how are they guessing that? Like, is that how many are born before or after abortions take place because the women were told there's a defect? And if it's after, the statistic can't be perfectly accurate because we always hear how those tests are not 100% and healthy babies get aborted...
I would love to hear miscarriage statistics for women who never use birth control for all their fertile years! Like what percentage continue to conceive and for how long? What percentage miscarry before menopause vs those that don't??
I am totally and completely unhelpful when it comes to your question! Personally I don't think 35 is some magic cut off after which a woman is doomed, but only because I don't see that happening.
I'm also expecting my 8th. I'm 40 now and beginning to feel the fears creeping up.... Should I start preventing to avoid Down Syndrome? Is the risk really that high? And more than that, my real fears hover around miscarriage... I don't want to spend the last of my fertile years crying over dead babies! Or, do I just let it all go and continue trusting that God knows what He's doing and who He's sending us.
Ack, I don't know!
I do apologize for being so unhelpful. 😛