Margaret Adenuga, a 68-year-old Nigerian lady, gave birth to twins, a boy, and a girl, in the capital city of Lagos, nearly 50 years after she married Noah, her 77-year-old husband.
They had set their heart on becoming parents and never gave up hope even after 3 failed attempts of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Their 4th attempt in IVF was a success and she delivered not just one, but two babies in great health. She gave birth after 37 weeks of pregnancy, on April 14th, at Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
When girls are born, they are born with all the eggs they can release throughout their lives. The chance of getting pregnant immensely reduces beyond the age of 30. The average age for having the first child is between 23 to 30 years of age and conceiving after even 35 years can result in many serious in complications like miscarriage, stillbirth, gestational diabetes, premature birth, hypertension, chromosomal irregularity, and fetal growth retardation.
This is why the pregnancy and safe delivery of not just one, but two children by Margaret Adenuga, a woman in her late 60s, is just beyond amazing.
All the aspects of this unbelievable pregnancy and the delivery procedures were closely monitored by a team of healthcare officials guided by Dr. Adeyemi Okunowo.
He stated: “As a very elderly woman and a first-time mother, it was a pregnancy with a very high risk. The fact that she was going to give birth to twins added to the risk. But with the efforts of everyone, it was possible to manage her pregnancy to term.”
Adenuga delivered via caesarian section, and presently, both herself and her twins are healthy.
She is now positioned as the 4th oldest woman to give birth in recorded history. A surprising fact is that all the first three ranks are all held by Indian women.
Daljinder Kaur from India holds the record for the oldest mother, giving birth at 70. She gave birth to a baby boy in 2016.
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