Pregnancy in the Mid-thirties and Older

December 02, 2017 07:17 PM

Pregnancy in the Mid-thirties and Older

December 02, 2017 07:17 PM

Sometimes a couple will decide to postpone having children in order to keep financial and childcare responsibilities for later. Due to this delay, women can get pregnant in their thirties, or even forties.

Despite the challenges that older women may face during pregnancy, if a woman is healthy, she will not have any problems getting pregnant and delivering her baby.

However, she may have an increased risk of disease, such as high blood pressure and pregnancy diabetes. Therefore, women of older age may need to take some precautions, especially with their lifestyle and nutrition, before, during and after pregnancy.

What are the main challenges women and their babies face if a woman decides to get pregnant after her mid-thirties?

  • Fertilization levels are 20% lower, compared to the early twenties, which may mean falling pregnant will take a longer and the pregnancy may have more difficulties.
  • Miscarriage is an increased risk.
  • There is an increased risk of pregnancy diabetes, which may affect the fetus and its development, while also increasing the risk of a cesarean birth.
  • The baby may have newborn jaundice.
  • Older women are more susceptible to premature birth caused by placenta abruption and fetus instability.
  • There is an increased risk of giving birth to children with genetic disorders such as Down syndrome. Usually doctors will carry out appropriate tests for women to determine if they have any issues affecting their pregnancy.

If you decide to get pregnant in your mid-thirties or older, make sure to visit your doctor and work with him on the best plan for you to avoid any pregnancy issues.

The good news is that studies show that women who get pregnant at an older age are better equipped to raise a child. They are more likely to handle the responsibilities better, provide better care and raise their children more patiently.

If you are pregnant in your mid-thirties, we encourage you to rejoice and be happy with this journey and to remember that there are many women like you who have given birth to perfectly healthy children after following their doctor’s plan.

References:
www.webmd.com
www.mayoclinic.org
www.tbeeb.net