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Gwen Stefani Pregnancy Rumors: Know The Possible Pregnancy Risks Of Women After 40

Update Date: Feb 21, 2017 10:54 PM EST

Iconic singer Gwen Stefani made it to the headlines as rumors emerged that she's pregnant with her current boyfriend, Blake Shelton. The duo has been involved in countless pregnancy and wedding rumors, but one of the biggest questions that their fans are asking still remains unanswered. Though Stefani continuously slammed pregnancy rumors, at the age of 47, most of her fans can help but ask if it is still safe for her to get pregnant.

The former "No Doubt" lead singer already shares three kids with her ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale. The duo eventually filed for divorce after a year of being together as Rossdale was caught cheating on her with their kids' nanny. Now that Gwen and Blake are taking things seriously, rumors emerged that the singer is already pregnant with Shelton at the age of 47.

Most women are often given the freedom to plan their pregnancy. There are those who wanted to give birth at an early age, while there are those who would want to have kids during their late 40's to early 40's. Though giving birth at the later time may be the best option for some, there are possible pregnancy risks than women over 40 could possibly face.

According to Health, women after 30 only gets around 20 percent chance of getting pregnant per month, while those who are in their 40's have lower fertility rate as it drops to 5 percent as mentioned by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Getting pregnant at a later age is not impossible, but chances of getting pregnant are slim and are accompanied with several health risks and complication.

One of the most commons risks of getting pregnant at 40 is having a child with chromosomal abnormalities, thus the child could either develop Down syndrome or Autism. CNN then added that there's a higher chance of miscarriage and gestational diabetes.

The mother can also be placed at risk of preeclampsia, which is a condition that is marked by high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the mother's urine, which can lead to a premature childbirth or even death.

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