How age affects pregnancy?

How age affects pregnancy

How age affects your pregnancy

Age is a big influence on the pregnancy and the baby. More often than not though, women choosing to have a baby later in life do have healthy pregnancies and babies. But one must know that how well the pregnancy will go is not determined by age alone. The key is to be aware of how age affects your pregnancy and accordingly being prepared.

One’s risks to numerous health conditions increases with age. You could develop Diabetes and/ or high blood pressure, both of which have a huge impact on how well your pregnancy will go.

Risks associated with late pregnancies are:

  • Miscarriage

The foetus is unable to survive in the womb and is expelled from the womb spontaneously. This is unplanned.

  • Ectopic Pregnancy

The condition where one finds the fertilised egg implanting itself outside the uterus is called an Ectopic Pregnancy. The fertilised egg cannot survive outside the uterus.

  • Multiple Pregnancies

A condition when the woman has two or more babies in her uterus.

  • Gestational Diabetes

A condition where the body does not produce enough insulin. Insulin helps convert blood sugar into energy and the shortage of insulin will cause excessive sugar entering the baby’s blood stream, causing serious complications.

  • Placenta Previa

A complication where the placenta covers completely or partially the opening in the woman’s cervix.

  • Preeclampsia

A medical complication characterised by high blood pressure.

  • Placental Abruption

A premature separation of the placenta from the wall of the womb during pregnancy.

Age can also have an impact on the baby where babies could be born with birth defects or genetic abnormalities.

Remember to get regular prenatal care and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Your chances of a no complication pregnancy will be superb!