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I am 46 and my partner is 43. Will our baby be healthy?

I already have three healthy children - 23yrs, 20yrs, 10yrs, and now am in shock !! I am now a little concern for the health of this baby. What are the chances of this child have mental disabilities, I am 46 and my partner is 43 - he has never had kids. I dont smoke and I dont drink during the week and have the occassional one glass of wine on a weekend.

Sarah...
Answer: Hi, You are at an increased risk of some problems due to your age. You will be offered testing for the baby to check that everything is healthy and you may be more susceptible to high blood pressure and diabetes. You will be closely watched by your health care team to avoid any complications. If you have had natural births for your other children, the birth should be fairly straight forward. Best wishes, Alex
Answered: 22 Jun 2009