Having a baby after 35 has one big advantage! Find out

Our celebs have set a trend that having a baby post 35 is not a big deal and that it can be done. Well, as much as this might be true, there is a flip side to it too. We have all heard it over and over again and now experts are saying it too! Having a baby after 35 can be done, but you definitely need to brace yourself for what doctors label - a high-risk pregnancy. 

So here are some physical and psychological risks you need to be prepared if you are planning a family post 35.

1. Consider embryo freezing

Ever heard of embryo freezing? Well, it's not as bizarre as it sounds. Having a baby post 35 also means battling with decreased ovulation and cycle issues. To avoid this, doctors these days, advise women to freeze their eggs when they are young and use it later on when they are ready to have babies. Frozen eggs can be implanted in a woman’s uterus until 55 years of age. This also means she will be able to conceive and deliver healthy babies, without any associated risks.

2. Health risks

The health risks associated with a late pregnancy are plenty. While gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and intrauterine growth restriction are one side to it, the major problem might be chromosomal problems like Down Syndrome, which seems to be a common occurrence in late pregnancies. That aside, women having babies after 35, mostly end up having a c-section as their uterus might not be able to contract as much as needed for a vaginal birth.

3. Parenting issues

Imagine teaching your child to eat, sleep or drive a car when you are 70! Doesn’t that sound scary? That aside, the generation gap might also lead to a whole lot of arguments and misunderstanding. Further more, at 40, the new mom is going to find it hard to get support from her parents who might already be too old to lend a helping hand. As a result, the parenting battle will be fought all alone by the mom. Also, the generation gap will leave the child in a maze, wondering which side will suit her best. In a line, the child will just not be able to understand the family dynamics.

4. Taking care of ageing parents

The pressure is not just on the parents, but on the child too. It is a norm in India that kids take care of their ageing parents. But how fair is it to shoulder such a huge responsibility on your child when he/she is all of 20? That is precisely what will happen when you plan a late family. Plus, if there are grandparents too, then be prepared for a tougher battle.

5. More time for the baby

Well, it isn’t all gloom and scare. Having a late baby has its perks too. The mother is more than settled in her professional and personal life and is willing to devote more time to the baby. Also, the financial situation is much better than during the early years. So, the parents are able to meet the needs of the baby more easily. Lastly, at this stage, the family set up is stable, so the baby gets to grow up in a friendly environment.

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