After the age of 50, a woman has a higher risk of having medical complications, such as high blood pressure and gestational diabetes, throughout her pregnancy. Additionally, she has a higher risk of having a miscarriage, delivering prematurely, and having a baby with birth defects, states Healthline.
A woman over the age of 50 has an increased risk of having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities causing birth defects such as Down Syndrome. By the age of 49, a woman has a one in 10 chance of having a baby with Down Syndrome, explains Healthline.
At age 50 and above, a woman has a 61 percent chance of delivering a low-birth-weight baby, compared to women between the ages of 45 and 49 who have only a 32 percent chance, according to WebMD. Additionally, babies born to older women are at a greater risk for being stillborn, notes Healthline.
Having a baby when over the age of 50 increases a womanﾒs risk of having placental problems, such as placenta previa, reports Healthline. Older women are more likely to need a caesarian section to deliver a baby because the uterus of an older woman typically functions less efficiently than that of a younger woman. Older women are also more likely to have ectopic pregnancies. This can be a life threatening situation and occurs if an embryo implants outside of the uterus.