Technically, women can get pregnant and bear children from puberty when they start getting their menstrual period to menopause when they stop getting it.
The average woman’s reproductive years are between ages 12 and 51. Your fertility naturally declines as you get older, which could make it harder for you to conceive.
Women in their 50s can bring about a few conception issues, including the inability to release eggs, lack of fertilization, and an increased risk of miscarriage. In these situations, you might be looking at a possible gestational carrier, another woman who could help carry your child to term.
Erramatti Mangamma is currently the oldest living mother in the world after delivering twin babies. On 5 September 2019, she became the world’s oldest living mother to give birth to a child at the age of 74.
The record for being the oldest mother in the world was previously held by Daljinder Kaur who gave birth to a baby boy at the age of 72
Erramatti Mangamma married Raja Rao in 1962 in Andhra Pradesh. However, according to the reports, the couple couldn’t have a baby for a long time.
Erramatti Mangayamma told BBC Telugu: “It is the happiest time of my life.”
And quoted by the Indo-Asian News service, she said: “God has answered our prayers.”
She said she had seen many doctors before she and her husband, Sitarama Rajarao, found success.
Erramatti Mangayamma at age 74 gave birth to twins in India in 2019 after becoming pregnant through IVF, making her the oldest person ever to give birth, according to her doctors, and reigniting debate over so-called geriatric pregnancies.
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Becoming a mother at 74
After struggling to conceive for more than 55 years, Mangayamma and her husband, who is reported to be between 78 and 82, last year reached out to Sanakayyala Umashankar, director of IVF at the Ahalya Hospital. The couple said they had been stigmatized in their village because they did not have children
After preliminary tests, Umashankar determined that Mangayamma was healthy enough for the procedure and in January 2019 gave Mangayamma one round of IVF treatment using donor eggs. The eggs were fertilized with Mangayamma’s husband’s sp@rm.
Through the treatment, Mangayamma became pregnant with twins. Due to Mangayamma’s age and the fact that she was pregnant with twins, doctors determined natural delivery would be too risky.
Umashankar opted to deliver the twin girls via caesarian section. Mangayamma’s doctors said she produced a birth certificate that indicated she was 74, making her the oldest person to give birth, but that was not immediately verifiable, according to the Washington Post.
A successful delivery
Umashankar said, “The surgery went well … the mother and the babies are all healthy with no complications,” with each baby girl weighing approximately 4.4 pounds. However, because of Mangayamma’s age, doctors plan to keep her under observation for 21 days after delivery.
The doctors are “not allowing the mother to breastfeed and the babies will be fed through the milk bank,” Umashankar said. However, he added that he doesn’t expect Mangayamma “will have any major health issues in the post-delivery period.”
This birth has raised many ethical and moral concerns regarding the late age of the new parents. Parenting is hard enough at any age, but taking the risk to have children so late tacks on a lot of risk for both the parents and the children who are in completely opposite life stages, which both demand extra care