I wish we didn’t, but we do. It’s important to know that to properly prevent it.
Down Syndrome occurs way more often in older mothers. Look at the chart below. Why is that? I have no idea. What I do know, is what causes aging.
- A 20-year-old woman has a 1 in 1,500 chance of having a baby with Down’s syndrome.
- A 30-year-old woman has a 1 in 800 chance.
- A 35-year-old woman has a 1 in 270 chance.
- A 40-year-old woman has a 1 in 100 chance.
- A 45-year-old woman has a 1 in 50 chance or greater.
The only thing that’s different in a woman that’s 20 and a woman that’s 40 is her mind. Maybe not all, but that’s where it all started. That’s the source of the aging.
Mental strain equals aging. Aging equals a better chance of having a kid with down syndrome. But if aging starts in the brain, and we know the cause, can we reduce the chances of these kids being born with these defects. Yes. You can take these precautions at any age.
The Global Down Syndrome foundation has this on its website: “Down syndrome has nothing to do with race, nationality, socioeconomic status, religion, or anything the mother or father did during pregnancy. [Source]” You just don’t have enough information to prove that. You’re also closing the door on other research or correlation that may help prevent this in the future.
Let’s just call it genetic. It’s easier. No one will feel guilty. It’s just simply not true. If it was genetic, why would older women have kids with it so much more often than younger women?
Down syndrome is not genetic. Sorry. I wish it was. It has a positive correlation to the age of the mother. And we’ve already figured out what the difference is between old people and young people: the only difference. Their minds. We’ve traced the roots of the aging process to the brain, and have discovered the cycles that accelerate it. I know what you’re thinking: our genes change over time. That’s right. And what causes the genes to change? Stress.
We cause Down syndrome. And it’s preventable. So if you’re trying to get pregnant at any point, but especially late in life, question your mental health first, and make sure you’re in the right place before taking the plunge. Your baby’s health depends on yours.