Pregnancy After 35 : Managing a late pregnancy

pregnancy after 35

Your guide to managing pregnancy after 35

As a woman gets older, there is a drop in her fertility rate. Usually achieving pregnancy after 35 could be harder compared to when you are younger. Chances of having a healthy pregnancy if you are above 35 could be a bit difficult well since the chances of a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy are quite high. However this in no way means that you need to worry. More than age, which these days as many woman have proven, is just a number and the most critical factor in pregnancy after 35 is the woman's health and lifestyle choices.

Age And Fertility

With age one is more susceptible to miscarriages. The first trimester is specifically critical. Post the first trimester, one is susceptible to conceive a baby with a chromosomal problem. An extra chromosome can result in Down’s Syndrome. There is a test conducted at this stage which helps diagnose the syndrome. The probability of the baby having the defect is higher for women in their 30’s and 40’s.

With age, one is more likely to have a chronic disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure. These if undiagnosed through the pregnancy can lead to complications with the delivery and the baby. It would be better to have these examined periodically so as to enable you to take precautions accordingly.

Challenges in pregnancy after 35

At 35yrs and above you are also at a higher risk of developing complications such as – gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, placental abruption and placenta previa.

Studies also reveal that there is a higher chance of low-birth weight babies being born or a premature delivery. You also are at a higher risk of stillbirth and maternal death.

The key to ensuring you have a smooth delivery and a healthy baby is to keep yourself fit and get regular prenatal check-ups. Proper diagnosis and treatment can help minimise the risks to your health and the baby’s.

Tips to get pregnant after 35:

  • Track your cycles : Now that you’ve made the big decision to get pregnant, there are a few things to monitor. The first thing is to start keeping a track of your menstrual cycle.
  • Monitor your ovulation : Women usually ovulate about 15 days or two weeks before their period arrives. If your cycles are irregular, it is more difficult to track, but you can always buy over the counter ovulation trackers. They’re easily available online as well.
  • Have sex, regularly : Now that you already know your fertile window, have sex at least every other day. Don’t make it stressful, for yourself or your partner though.
  • Aspire for an ideal body weight: And work on it! Your body weight does affect conception and being on the heavier side might reduce a woman’s chances of conception. So figure out a way to healthily get to that weight.
  • Take prenatal vitamins : They are easily available OTC as well, and it is usually recommended for a woman who is trying to conceive to start taking prenatal vitamins even before she gets pregnant, so that she can find what suits her system and can retain it during her pregnancy.
  • Detox : If you have any unhealthy habits like drinking alcohol or smoking, give up if you haven’t already. It is safest to avoid any substances that speed up the loss rate of a woman’s eggs.

And most importantly, remember to relax and enjoy the journey as well as the destination. You must have had enough advice on your head already!