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What are the risks of pregnancy after age 35?

It is common for women in Indiana to put off having children until well into their 30s. However, if you decide to wait to have a baby, it is helpful to understand the risks you may face trying to get pregnant after the age of 35. Not only conception provides some risks but also the pregnancy itself. There are also risks to your baby.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the main reason why some risks increase in a pregnancy after the age of 35 is due to the age, number and quality of your eggs. In addition, your hormones also play a role. Your eggs are older and may have some defects. They may not form and function as your eggs did in your 20s or even your early 30s. Your hormones, as well, may be different and could not act as they should during a pregnancy.

Due to these things, you may have an increased risk for several serious issues during your pregnancy, such as high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. You may also have an increased chance of needing a C-section. Pregnancy at an older age may also result in multiples more often. Plus, it may take longer for you to get pregnant.

Your baby may also face some additional risks. Chromosomal abnormalities are more common. This includes down syndrome. There is an increased risk that your baby may be still born, have a low birth weight or be born prematurely. You also have an increased risk of a stillbirth.

To safeguard from such issues, your doctor should see you more often and monitor your health and the health of your baby. You may also undergo more testing than other mothers. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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