Why is it so dangerous to have children as women get older?

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    As people get older, their DNA gets damaged. The eggs of a 40 year old woman are more likely to be unhealthy compared to the eggs of a 20 year old. Commonly, there is chromosomal damage resulting in 47 chromosomes instead of 46, which is Down syndromel.

    The risk of birth defects increases with increasing age. One possibility could be nondisjunction, which is abnormal division of the egg.

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