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Wash. U Study Provides Reassurance To Older Mothers

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- A new Washington University study should provide some comfort to older soon-to-be mothers.

Lead researcher Washington University OBGYN, Dr. Katherine Goetzinger, studied records of thousands of women during their second trimester ultrasound. She was trying to find out if advanced maternal age, traditionally defined as 35 and older, meant an increased risk for major congenital malformation in their babies.

“And we found overall, after you exclude all chromosomal abnormalities such as down-syndrome, that these women have a 40% decreased risk of having a major congenital abnormality,” says Goetzinger.

Major congenital abnormalities include heart, brain and kidney defects.

Goetzinger says this study should provide reassurance to older women who clear a chromosomal screening that their baby is less likely to have any other major structural malformation.

“Once they’re screened and chromosomal abnormalities can be rolled out, then these women can certainly go through pregnancy,” says Goetzinger.

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