Debunking the Myth that women over 35 can’t have a healthy baby
While growing up, our body releases the healthier eggs first which must have gone down as periods.
So down the line, the eggs that we have left have a higher chance of having abnormal chromosomes, which can lead to birth defects, such as Down syndrome.
The risk of miscarriages too is higher and as such, it is good to be well prepared in advance. For instance, if you are planning to have a baby and you are in your 30s already, you should talk to your doctor. If you are already in your 40s and above, then make your doctor your best friend.
Keeping fit and healthy is very important to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist as they will advise on food to eat like food high in fibre. Exercise at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes each day. Avoid heavy drinking of alcohol (if possible avoid it totally), stop smoking or taking hard drugs. All talk to your doctor about any medication you are taking.
There are tests you can also take to find out your risk of having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality. These include screening tests, which assess the risk of having a baby with a birth defect, and diagnostic tests, which test the fetus for birth defects and genetic disorders. Ensure you take all the test you need to, before and during pregnancy.
You should be on Folic Acid when you are 30 years and older. 400g is advised and is found in most multivitamins for women. We cannot stop emphasizing folic acid, it is a live saver lol. My Mom told me about it when I was in my 20s and I am happy I listened to her. However, like all medication, though this is a multivitamin, still speak to your doctor about it.
Having a healthy lifestyle before pregnancy can also help you avoid the risk of miscarriage. We are also advised to eat a lot of veggies and fruits to build our immunity. Obesity increases the risk of miscarriages at any age so keeping an average weight is necessary.
A weakened cervix can also cause miscarriages. It is also known as cervical insufficiency. This can be treated with an operation and it is usually carried out after the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. This is why you must have a vital check so you can answer any question and be fully ready and healthy to carry your healthy baby through pregnancy.
I can’t wait to hear your success stories.