Pregnancy after 35
“Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own…”― Donna Ball (At Home on Ladybug Farm)
Motherhood is an amazing phase and it is an enriching experience for any woman. However, in today’s context, motherhood and deciding the right time to get pregnant, has become a little difficult for women.
Career aspirations, late marriages, poor work-life balance with no time for the family, and long distance relationships are the most common reasons behind a late pregnancy. And by the time a woman has adjusted to the constant juggling in her personal life, she finds out that her biological clock is ticking faster than she had imagined. In other words, she realizes that soon she will be cutting her 35th birthday cake.
Now, why do mothers shudder at this monster called ‘late pregnancy or the idea of their daughter getting pregnant at 35 or later’?
A number of complications may arise for women who want to conceive and are 35 year old and more. Let’s find out more in details.
The main concern for older women is fertility that begins to decline after t he age of 30. As a result, ovulation is less frequent, meaning that chances of getting pregnant are reduced. Older women may also develop complications that prevent pregnancy, such as uterine fibroids and the ageing of the reproductive organs.
Research points out that aged mothers are at a greater risk of giving birth to babies with severe birth defects due to chromosomal abnormalities. Down syndrome is most commonly detected in children of older mothers.
As women get older, they are more likely to develop illnesses such as blood pressure, under-active thyroid, diabetes and glandular diseases that could become uncontrollable during pregnancy. Also, some diseases in the mother could lead to miscarriages and stillbirth. Diseases like high blood pressure could call for measures like caesarian section and induced labor.
However, there is still a ray of hope for older women who wish to conceive and start a family. Here is a list that older women should follow, in order to become a mother and give birth to a healthy child:
- Before planning a pregnancy, get an appointment with your doctor to rule out any complications.
- Start taking folic acid as advised by your doctor. It is critical for the development of your baby.
- If weight is a concern, consult a dietician.
- Establish a routine for sleeping, eating, exercising and relaxing before conceiving and during the pregnancy.
- During pregnancy, spend some time outdoors and get some fresh air to relax the mind daily.
- Follow your doctor’s advice strictly and stick to the appointments always.
- Watch your diet closely to rule out gestational diabetes etc.
- Get massages done regularly with a masseur trained in pre-natal massage.
- Enroll in pre-natal yoga classes, if the doctor advises you to.
Late pregnancy has some disadvantages. However, older women are more confident and prepared for the challenges of motherhood. They are mature; more secured emotionally and financially and hence, are better armed to meet the demands of a child. With proper prenatal care and some discipline, you will be on your way to give birth to a happy and healthy child.
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