Getting Pregnant After 35 Years of Age
As long as you are healthy, many doctors have said that most women should have no problem becoming pregnant in their thirties or even in their early 40’s.
However it should be noted that both men and women will have a decline in fertility rate after the age of 30 and beyond. The fertility rate in women gradually decline over the ages of 30-40, hence numerous women have difficulty conceiving at that age. Some women aged 45 and over rarely get pregnant even if they are using fertility treatment methods. It is noted that at this age the rate of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy are higher in addition to several other risk and complications that come with age.
One is also at higher risk of developing certain types of complications during pregnancy such as: gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, placental abruption (in which the placenta prematurely separates from the uterine wall), and placenta previa (in which the placenta lies low in the uterus, partly or completely covering the cervix).
Once your conception has taken place, and you get past the first trimester, you may face a higher risk of conceiving a baby with a chromosomal problem. This risk goes up every year. If you get pregnant at age 25, your risk of having a baby with Down syndrome for example, is about 1 in 1,250, according to the National Institutes of Health. At age 40, the risk is 1 in 100.
Research has also shown that women at an older age have a greater chance of having a baby with a low birth weight of less than 5 1/2 pounds or a premature delivery. Some studies show that older women are more likely to need pitocin during labor, and most studies show a significantly higher rate of delivery by caesarean section.
However there are also numerous pregnancies that have been successful for women during this age bracket. Many women have safe deliveries and have no complications at all. As we know with nature it is important to note that every woman’s fertility is different therefore the same cannot be expected for everyone.
It is important for women of this age group to consult with their doctor for a proper medical check up before becoming pregnant. Some studies have shown that a hearty morning breakfast can help with fertility.
Eat good, healthy foods to promote good fertility health for you and your baby and maintain a healthy weight. Practice a healthy lifestyle, choose the healthier alternative. Do not drink or smoke as these practices may prove detrimental to the health of your baby and consequently you. Exercise is important however you should consult your doctor to work out a routine that will best suit you. Remember pregnancy during this age may be a delicate one, thus get plenty of rest and try not to over exert. It is imperative that you always keep your doctor’s appointment.