More woman are having children later in life which means having a baby after the age of 35 isn’t all that uncommon.
However, doctors and midwives take extra precaution with pregnant women over 35 as they can be more susceptible to certain health concerns such as gestational diabetes, miscarriages, and delivering a baby with chromosomal abnormalities (i.e., Down syndrome).
Here are 10 facts to keep in mind if you plan to give birth past age 35…
Greater Risk of Pregnancy Complications
Women who get pregnant past the age of 35 are more prone to developing certain complications during pregnancy, including gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. Gestational diabetes is a condition in which pregnant women develop insulin imbalances, leading to a diabetic condition that may or may not remain after the baby is born. In some cases, gestational diabetes causes early labor and premature birth, but more commonly causes large or gestational age babies and distress for the baby if not controlled.
High blood pressure is also more likely to strike a pregnant woman over the age of 35, owing to the increased strain that pregnancy puts on your body. Making sound dietary and lifestyle choices can keep this problem in check, though you’ll have to be conscientious about your efforts. Above all, make sure to visit your doctor regularly and be an active participant in your prenatal care. Your medical team can step in and help you if you show signs of developing these or any other complications.