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Number of Pregnant British Women Over 40 Increases

While the media has speculated the burst of pregnancies in young Hollywood will cause teen pregnancy to rise in the US, Britain's Office for National Statistics has released a new study that shows the number of British women becoming pregnant after turning 40 has reached a "record high."

The study found:

  • There were an estimated 866,800 conceptions in Britain in 2006, compared with 841,800 the previous year.
  • The rate of British women aged 40 and over becoming pregnant rose 6 percent from 11.5 per 1,000 women aged 40 to 44 in 2005 to 12.2 the following year.
  • The number of women having children over the age of 40 has increased by just under 50 percent in the past decade.
  • There was also an increase in older fathers, with 75,000 babies born to fathers over 40 in 2004 – one in 10 of all children born that year.

In contrast, pregnancies among teens ages 13 to 15 fell by 1.2 percent in 2006.


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