Is Pregnancy Over 35 Safe? Here's What You Need To Know
Mar 05, 2022
It has been considered widely that a woman should become a mother before she turns 30 years of age. Nowadays, due to women getting into the workforce and being breadwinners for their families along with their husbands, it’s not uncommon to see a pregnancy over 35. In this blog, we will bring you the risks of late pregnancy and tips for a safe and healthy one.
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Risks With Pregnancy Over 35Most doctors advise women to have children while they are in their 20s and early 30s due to the higher risks in :
- Increased incidents of infertility & miscarriage.
- Premature delivery & stillbirths.
- Increased incidence of gestational diabetes.
- Increased possibility of C-section.
- High blood pressure during pregnancy.
- Higher risk of chromosomal abnormalities like Down’s syndrome in babies.
Tips To Have A Healthy Pregnancy
So what can you do? If you are over 35 years, you should monitor your reproductive health to ensure the best possible condition for your pregnancy. Here are a few tips for you
- If you’re planning to become pregnant, have a pre-pregnancy checkup with your doctor.
- Avoid unnecessary stress as they affect your hormonal balance.
- Quit smoking & reduce, as healthy moms make healthy babies. You can read about pregnancy dos and don'ts here.
- Exercise regularly & eat healthy.
- Manage any existing conditions like high BP or diabetes. Make sure your doctor knows you’ll be trying to conceive.
- Talk to your doctor and get genetic counselling/screening done.
The Benefits Of Later-age Motherhood
Although later-age pregnancy can put you at higher risk of complications, there are positive aspects.
- As a potential older mother, you will be more mature & realistic to the idea of having a baby.
- It is also likely that you have given enough thought to the changes a new baby will bring to your life, so you’ll be better prepared to face the challenges ahead.
- Having financial control and stability is essential to better parenting. Babies are not low maintenance after all :)