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Paltrow's Miscarriage Sheds Light on Age and Fertility Risks

a blog by Claire, March 19, 2013

The overall vibe in Hollywood is that pregnancy over 35 is easy. Celebrities get pregnant in a snap and it is nine months of smooth sailing. Every once in a while, a celebrity opens up about their pregnancy or infertility struggles and it not only gives us hope, but sheds light on the true health and fertility concerns that come with age.

In an interview this past Sunday, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage after the birth of her second child, Moses. Paltrow explains that although she yearns for another child, her age and recent health complications have caused her to rethink her parenting plans.

After the age of 35, women are at an increased age-related risk of miscarriage and other pregnancy complications including gestational diabetes, and high blood pressure. Though Paltrow suffered an early pregnancy loss, she claimed a severe migraine right around the time of the miscarriage led to further testing. The results were shocking and caused a complete diet and health overhaul.

"I was a mess. I was vitamin-D deficient, I had anemia, I had thyroid issues, my liver was congested, I had hormonal imbalances and a benign tumor on my ovary that had to be removed. I mean, it was crazy. I knew it was time for change,” she stated.

Paltrow admits she is still open to the possibility of having another child (though she acknowledges time is not on her side), but is much more conscious of her overall health.

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