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Over-40s pregnancies hits high

29th February 2008

Data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed that the number of women aged over 40 who are becoming pregnant is at a record level.

While the overall conception rates for England and Wales rose by 3% between 2005 and 2006, the conception rate for the over 40s rose by 6% for the same period and now stands at 12.2 pregnancies per 1,000 women. However, teenage pregnancies are down. In 2006, overall, the ONS estimates there were 866,800 conceptions in 2006 with 25-29 the most likely age for motherhood.

 

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