Dr Oz: Why Do You Want a Baby? What Will You Sacrifice for a Baby?


Dr Oz: Pregnancy Questions for Women Over 40

Dr Oz brought up an Older Mom Controversy.  Deciding to have a baby is not cut and dry, it’s something you really need to think about. You don’t want to have a baby early because you fear you won’t be able to have one later in life. The truth is, you need to do your research and decide if having a baby is the best option for you at this point in your life. Dr Oz suggested asking yourself 2 important questions before getting pregnant.

Dr Oz: Why Do You Want A Child?

1. Why do you want a child?


  1. Jami says

    I am a 35 year old mother of 3. I desperately want another baby before its TOO late. I’m in nursing school now ( 2yr program) and I would like to graduate and work for about a year for insurance and financial stability. I don’t want to put a baby or myself at risk for side effects, or have my other children suffer from complications. How do I weight out the odds- My desire is so strong to have another child- Is 38- 39- 40 too old??
    My husband (of 20 yrs) is 41- does this play as big of a role as a mothers aging eggs?

  2. Gretchen says

    I am a 41 year old mother of three children ages 9, 5 and 7 months. I conceived my youngest child close to my 40th birthday naturally (no fertility interventions were needed for any of my pregnancies). My 7 month old is a healthy typical baby and while I carried her to the recommended term of 39 weeks, I began contracting on my own at 22 weeks and experienced significant fatigue and breathlessness for the second half of the pregnancy. Compared to my other 2 children whom I had at age 32 and 35, this pregnancy was very hard on my body. My OB/GYN wanted me to be induced at 39 weeks to avoid increased chances of my placenta losing it’s vitality and harming the fetus in the process ( a relatively new standard recommendation for OB patients in Minnesota).

    If I had known how hard the pregnancy would be I may not have gotten pregnant a third time (and I did not have to suffer through fertility treatments or any news that my baby had a fetal defect). Of course we love her so very much, neither my husband nor I could imagine our lives without her! A third child brings balance to our family.

    I am very thankful Dr. Oz is discussing this topic and making women think hard about postponing motherhood. Being pregnant at 40 is much harder on your body than at age 32.

  3. Candace says

    I am 22 years old. And I was told since I was 16 and would never even think of having a child, that It would be difficult to conceive one. After clearing up cysts that took years, I am 28 weeks pregnant. And am due in October. I don’t regret bringing this boy into my life. He was planned and well thought through. Sometimes when life takes something from you, it gives you a gift back.

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