Growing numbers of women over the age of 40 are having babies without any complications, baby charity Tommy's has stated.
Newly-released figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the number of British women falling pregnant between the ages of 35 and 39 increased by 1.2 per cent over the course of 2009.
In addition, the number of women between 40 and 44 giving birth was up by 2.4 per cent over the same period.
Tommy's said these figures show that the days when having a baby later on in life is automatically deemed high-risk could be coming to an end.
"A woman who is slightly older would normally be put under consultant care just to keep a closer eye on her," said Emma Laing, midwifery manager for the organisation.
"Saying that, a lot of women are having babies a bit later and they are going absolutely fine, so it's not necessarily an older mum who will have a down's syndrome pregnancy but there are slightly higher risks."
These comments come just days after the actress Monica Bellucci gave birth to her second child at the age of 45.
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