In India, women often become mothers very late in life. This is a phenomenon that happens regularly, unlike in other countries.
Until recently, a 70-year-old woman held the record for the oldest mother, having given birth to a baby boy. In 2019, her feat was surpassed by that of a 73-year-old woman who, despite her advanced age and the risks involved, gave birth to twins.
An unusual pregnancy
This story takes place in the state of Andhra Pradesh, where Mangayamma Yaramati, age 73, had never had children with her 82-year-old husband. In Indian society, where family values are very important, the couple felt stigmatised for their inability to start a family.
The couple, whose age is far too advanced to conceive children naturally, benefited from in vitro fertilisation and welcomed two healthy twins. The delivery took place by caesarean section. ‘We are incredibly happy,’ the husband told the press. Only one day after his wife gave birth, the man had to be hospitalised for a stroke.
At 73, Mangayamma Yaramati now holds the record for the oldest mother in the world.
Beware, according to futura-sciences.com, mothers who start pregnancies very late expose themselves to serious health risks. Among these risks are gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid dysfunction, heart problems, and metrorrhagia (haemorrhages of uterine origin) during the third trimester.