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Pregnancy after 35
More women are choosing to marry after they have established a career, and more couples are choosing to start their families at an older age. Older women are becoming first time mothers and choosing pregnancy after 35 and having safe, healthy pregnancies.
An older woman considering pregnancy often has two major concerns. She wants to know how the pregnancy will affect her and how her age will affect her pregnancy. When choosing pregnancy after 35, you do face increased risks of the following:
* A baby born with down syndrome* High blood pressure* Pre-eclampsia* premature labor* Cesarean delivery* Bleeding and other complications* Multiple births* Placental abruption
You may find it harder to deal with pregnancy after 35 than when you were in your early or mid 20's. You may find it harder to rest, exercise and eat right; however, these concerns shouldn't dissuade you from having children after 35. It is much more common and safe.
A lot of people think about the risk of down syndrome when having a baby at an older age. Yes, the risk of delivering a baby with Down Syndrome increases as you get older. That is true, but there is a positive way to look at these statistics. If you are 45, you have a 97% chance of NOT having a baby with down syndrome. Every pregnancy has some risk to it (regardless of your age).
If you are older, you can maximize your chances of having a successful, safe pregnancy by being as healthy as possible before you become pregnant. Paying attention to your diet and health care is very important in preparing for your pregnancy
Read more on planning your pregnancy after 35 here and having a safe, healthy pregnancy
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