Tyler TX — For years women were told that getting pregnant past the age of thirty was a serious health risk for both the mother and the baby.
Now studies are showing benefits of waiting to have a child, such as a decreased risk of uterine cancer.
We spoke with one local doctor to find out what the pros and cons of having children later on might be.
At the age of thirty a woman's fertility begins to decrease and increase the chance of pregnancy complications.
Dr. Tutt said that women in their later thirties and into their forties are more likely to see complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and an increased risk for genetic abnormalities.
However, recent studies are contradicting that long standing statement by stating that pregnancy over thirty lowers a woman's risk for endometrial cancer.
Dr. Tutt says that women who are able to get pregnant when they are older are often healthier and that may be why they are at a lower risk for cancer.
According to NBC Today health, "Women who give birth over 40 were 44 percent less likely to have the cancer, than women whose last birth occurred at or before age twenty-five."
Dr. Tutt said that women who are older are usually more mature and financially and mentally stable to have a child.
The National Cancer Institute reports that nearly 47,000 women will be diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2012.
Dr. Tutt said this could be because of irregular cycles, exposure to estrogen at an early age, and obesity.