How old is too old to fall pregnant?

Recent reports about Annegret Raunigk, the 65-year-old-woman expecting quadruplets, have left many people with mixed thoughts and feelings.

Though Raunigk already has 13 children and 7 grandchildren, the mother-to-be allegedly pursued artificial insemination and egg donation after her youngest child asked for another sibling.

When are you too old to have a baby?

Raunigk, in her second trimester, is set to become the oldest person to ever give birth to quadruplets. CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson spoke to Dr Klaus Wiswedel, fertility specialist and director of the Cape Fertility Clinic about artificial insemination at an old age.

Although South Africa has no law for pregnancy age limits, Wiswedel says that medical professionals' self-regulating ethics don't permit fertility treatment for woman over the age of 50.

He says that only exceptional circumstances would be given due consideration; such as:

  • A woman who has never had children and has explored other alternatives.
  • A woman who has married a younger man and has been trying to conceive.

I find it absolutely ridiculous. This case is a high risk pregnancy for the babies themselves. All the risk are more pronounced in her case.

Listen to the full conversation on the Pippa Hudson show:


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