Pregnancy After Age 35
First-time mothers over age 35 are at an increased risk of having complications during childbirth. So it is understandable that there are more caesarean sections after that age.
Although women who have children after age 35 do not usually have problems in this regard, the fact is that at an older age, pregnancy can have certain risks that, in serious cases, can endanger the health of the mother or baby. Therefore it is very important to consider some of the risks involved for pregnancy after age 35.
Of course, getting pregnant after that age it is not prohibited by any means. But at that time, special precautions should be taken. However, medicine has advanced so much that today we have far fewer problems than in the past and, in general, pregnancy does not generate any rare complications.
A Decrease in Fertility
In general, after age 30, women’s fertility decreases, so it’s a little harder to get pregnant at that age than in earlier stages. This can occur because ovulation is less frequent. If after trying for about 6 months, no pregnancy is achieved, leading experts recommend consulting a doctor. Interestingly enough, women between the ages of 35 and 39 years are more likely to have twins.
Subsequent Health Problems
If we wish to get pregnant, it would be best to visit the doctor beforehand to get an idea of our state of health. Also, women who get pregnant after age 35 are at higher risk for certain diseases, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. This is according to studies that have focused on analyzing the appearance of certain diseases according to the age of women who are pregnant.
Conditions in the Baby
Another thing that a woman over 35 who wants to get pregnant needs to take into account is that there is an increased risk, compared to that of a younger woman, of giving birth to a baby with chromosomal disorders, such as Down syndrome. Of course, you can always do a prenatal test to determine if the fetus has this type of problem. According to studies, the risk of having a baby with Down syndrome among women 35 years or older is one in 378.
In general, the risk of miscarriage happens mostly within the first trimester. Of course, incidence increases with age. For example, among women aged 20-30 years, the possibility of having a miscarriage is about 15% , whereas in the 40 year age-range, the figure rises to 25%. This goes hand in hand with the fact that women over 35 are at an increased risk for the fetus having some kind of chromosomal complication, being at greater risk of experiencing a miscarriage.
Problems During Childbirth
Women over 35 who get pregnant for the first time have a higher risk of complications during childbirth than younger women. In this case, you can have fetal distress and a second extended period of childbirth pains. Therefore, it can be understood that there is a higher incidence of cesarean sections in women over the age of 35.