Pregnancy After The Age of 35 and Over 40
Pregnancy after 35 and pregnancy over 40
If you are over 35 and pregnant, your doctor will most likely refer to you as being of advanced maternal age. Most women from age 35 to over 40 have healthy pregnancies. This is because most women over 35 are in good health. Good prenatal care and healthy habits can help you reduce certain risks. If problems do arise for women over 35, they can usually be successfully treated. No matter what your age, see your health care provider before trying to get pregnant if you:
- have a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, a seizure disorder or high blood pressure
- are on long-term medication
- do not have medical conditions under control
Prenatal care is especially important for women over 35 because they’re more likely to get high blood pressure and gestational diabetes for the first time during pregnancy. They’re also at increased risk of having a baby with a genetic disorder like Down syndrome.
If you are older than 35 and don’t get pregnant after trying for six months, see your health care provider. Older women may find it harder to get pregnant than younger women because fertility declines with age. In many cases, infertility can be treated.
Although the pregnancy rate among women over thirty-five has nearly doubled, the risks associated with pregnancy increase gradually as age advances. Women over 35 have a slightly increased risk of the following complications during pregnancy:
Tips for Older Moms
The reason that the number of successful pregnancies to mothers over 35 years old has increased is due not only to scientific advances but also due to women that have taken great strides in improving their odds. Below are some tips that will help decrease the chances of an adverse reaction during your pregnancy:
- be sure to get a proper amount of exercise before during and after your pregnancy
- make sure you follow a healthy diet
- ensure that you are receiving optimal prenatal care
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