Pregnant at the age of 35
Most women are afraid to conceive after the age of 35. This fear is related to many causes. At this age more complications can rise and more tests will be performed to make sure that the baby and the mother are in good health. Despite all the above, women successfully conceive in their thirties and forties.
What are the main challenges when trying to conceive after 35?
- At this age, ovulation is less frequent. Women may encounter cycles with no ovulations and the eggquality also decline.
- Decrease in the cervical fluid, which affects the fertilization.
- Health problems as diabetes or heart disease.
- Miscarriage risk is higher than with women in their 20’s.
- Ectopic pregnancies risk increase.
- Down syndrome risk increase.
- Postnatal chronic disease may occur as high blood pressure and diabetes.
- Higher risk of pregnancy and delivery complications.
How to increase the chances of getting pregnant after age of 35?
- Schedule a pre-conception appointment with your doctor. This would help you eliminate any underlying health issue and to review your health history.
- Follow a healthy lifestyle. Eat well and exercise. A woman with a good physical and mental health will more likely conceive than a woman with poor health, smoking or alcoholic.
- Take vitamins rich in folic acid to help increase the egg quality.
All women who conceive after the age of 35 should perform different types of tests to provide extra protection for the baby and to have a safe pregnancy. These tests include the normal blood tests, prenatal regular exams and the amniocentesis test to eliminate any genetic problem with the baby as Down syndrome.
If you are considering getting pregnant after 35, see your doctor and follow his instructions. Also pregnant women after the age of 35 should follow a well-balanced diet rich in fluids, exercise regularly to ease up and eliminate the stress. They should stop smoking and drinking alcohol and try to maintain a normal weight gain. Proper diagnosis and follow up may lower the risks of having complications.