dr Zoe Williams, 41, who welcomed her first child last year, said she thinks the term should be axed
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dr This Morning’s Zoe Williams said labeling pregnant women over 35 as ‘geriatric’ is ‘old fashioned’ and should be phased out.
The doctor welcomed her first child, a son named Lisbon Lion Williams-McKay, in June last year at the age of 41.
And appear on Natalie Anderson and The Capsule Podcastsaid Dr. Zoe on how she thinks the term is outdated and shouldn’t be used.
“It’s just so dated and it needs to change,” she said. “I think that’s it. People working in this field are trying to change this term and use it less because it’s just so outdated, isn’t it?
“Even if they said ‘older’ it would be better than geriatric, I don’t like that much.”
dr Zoe also hit back at the idea of being perceived as geriatric after the age of 35, saying it’s now the “norm” for women to have a baby in their mid to late thirties.
“I understand that after the age of 40 your pregnancy has a higher risk of complications. That’s fair enough, but let’s come up with a term that’s fair, kind, and nice,” she added.
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Doctors have replaced the term geriatric pregnancy — used to describe women who are over 35 — with “advanced maternal age,” with the definition that it changes over time as medical professionals see that more women become pregnant with their first child in their forties.
dr Describing her pregnancy journey, Zoe said: “I’ve wanted a baby for a long, long, long time. I only met my partner a few years ago and before that I had frozen my eggs and was considering going it alone baby.”
The ITV favorite opened up about coming out of a long-term relationship at 34 and really “felt the pressure” to find a partner and have kids as soon as possible.
“I always knew I wanted to be a mother and I really felt that pressure. In every relationship I’ve had from that point on, my primary concern has been, ‘When am I going to have this conversation?’ I don’t want to waste time in a relationship at my age if someone isn’t on the same page.
“I don’t want to rush anything, but if the end goal isn’t the same for them, which is to be a family, then I don’t want to waste time.
“One of my big frustrations is that I was considered riskier for crossing the 40 threshold.”
dr Zoe went on to tell Natalie how she felt she had “put a lot of pressure on me” from the doctors to get initiated before her due date.
The This Morning star said she never reached her due date and therefore does not need induced labour.
dr Zoe previously opened up about the meaning of Lisbon’s name when she revealed she met partner Stuart McKay at a bar in the Portuguese capital two years ago and thought it would be a fitting tribute.
she said Hello! magazine: “We chose the name Lisbon very early in our relationship, before it was even conceived.
“I had planned a home birth but as it turned out there wasn’t much of a choice because it came pretty quickly.
“It was a beautiful moment when Stuart and I faced each other in the (birth) pool, we looked down and he was in the water. I picked him up and we had five minutes where to hold him before we even checked if he was a girl or a boy.”
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