This is not a post where anyone slams Sonia Kruger – so don’t even go there. Don’t. Even. But we are going to discuss an issue to do with women and parenting and we can totally do that because it’s important and relevant.
Okay, let’s go:
This week, 47-year-old Big Brother host Sonia Kruger has told Woman’s Day magazine that she is ‘still very open’ to the idea of having kids….
The Courier Mail reports:
The energetic 47-year-old, who features on the front cover of Woman’s Day this week, told the magazine she is still very open to the idea of having kids.
But being in peak physical condition does not affect your biological ability to fall pregnant, especially when you’re a woman over 40.
That’s the advice of obstetrician and gynaecologist Andrew Zuschmann, who is also a spokesperson for the Australian Medical Association.
“From about 45 onwards a woman’s chances of falling pregnant spontaneously are almost impossible,” Dr Zuschmann said. “Most need IVF or donor eggs to fall pregnant.”
Even a successful conception does not guarantee the woman or the baby are out of danger, he said.
A third of women over 40 are at risk of having a miscarriage compared to one in five women under 30.
Chances of premature birth and chromosomal abnormalities, like Down Syndrome, are also greatly increased. And older mothers are more likely to have high blood pressure and need medical intervention during the birth.
On the upside, women who are older can often be in a better place mentally and financially than younger women, and this can make life post-baby more enjoyable.
As for Sonia herself, she is a highly intelligent woman and in the absence of direct quotes from her beyond being ‘open to the idea’, I’m not going to speculate on what she meant by that.
Her partner is a divorced father of five kids and Sonia is an aunt so it’s not like she doesn’t already have children in her life. There’s adoption. There’s egg donation. Who knows what she meant?