If you’re age 35 or older and hoping to have a baby, you’ve probably heard the term thousands of times: The “biological clock.” Yes, age is a factor in high-risk pregnancies. But today, many women are waiting to get pregnant well into their 30s and beyond—and delivering healthy babies. When you know the risks and how to take special care of yourself, you can too.
Pregnancy risks due to advanced maternal age
Women can experience pregnancy risk factors at any age, but at 35, they increase. Some of the challenges of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby after age 35 include:
- It may take longer to get pregnant.
- You may be more likely to have a multiple pregnancy.
- You are more susceptible to developing gestational diabetes and high blood pressure.
- There is a higher risk of chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome.
- The chance of pregnancy loss is higher.
- You are more likely to need a C-section.
Take extra care during your high-risk pregnancy
Making healthy choices, even before you conceive, can help support a healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby. Here are some smart ways to take care of yourself and your child:
- Schedule a preconception appointment – This is the time to sit down with your doctor to discuss your general health and any medications you’re taking. He or she may suggest lifestyle changes you could make to support a healthy pregnancy and baby. And if you’re worried about fertility or pregnancy, you can make a plan to improve your chances of conception.
- Get prenatal care – Regular prenatal visits allow your healthcare provider to monitor your health and progress, and that of the baby’s.
- Live with your baby in mind – Every little thing you do during your waking hours affects your pregnancy, and every moment is a new opportunity to make a great choice. Balanced nutrition, regular physical activity, and avoiding alcohol and drugs are essential.
Expert, dedicated women’s health care is close to home
If you’re looking for personalized care in obstetrics and gynecology, including specialized medical guidance and total support for high-risk pregnancy in Mobile, AL, (TBD link) the team at Bay Area Physicians for Women is here for you.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, give us a call at 251-344-5900 today.