Getting pregnant at 50 is rare, but conceivable: experts

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Getting pregnant at 50 is unlikely — but not inconceivable.

More women between the ages of 50 and 54 are giving birth today than ever before, largely thanks to in vitro fertilization, or IVF, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So Janet Jackson, who turns 50 next month, is in good company if she is indeed pregnant.

Some 677 children — an average of 13 a week — were born to moms ages 50 and older in 2013, reports the CDC. But most of those pregnancies were the result of IVF, where an egg and a sperm are combined in a lab before the fertilized embryo is transferred to the uterus.

It’s unclear whether Jackson’s family planning means she is pregnant, either naturally or through IVF, or if she’s using a surrogate mother or adopting.

But fertility experts say that if the “Unbreakable” singer is delaying her world tour because she’s carrying her first bundle of joy, then she likely conceived through IVF using younger donor eggs.

“It’s definitely possible to have a live first baby (at 50) but the odds are like winning the lottery,” said Dr. John Zhang, the medical director of New Hope Fertility Center in Columbus Circle.

That’s because after age 45, a woman’s likelihood of getting pregnant naturally is less than 4%, and that number plummets to 1% once she hits 50, he said.

 

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