Things you need to know when having a baby after 35 to avoid risk
They say females are born with all the eggs they’ll ever have during their life and as we grow old, we shed it every month during the menstrual circle.
Also, as we grow older with age, the number and quality of our eggs start declining, especially after we reach our mid-thirties. That’s one reason we find it hard to get pregnant when older.
There are known health risks to both mother and child when the mother is older. Risk like;
- High blood pressure: this is common amongst older Moms but can be curbed with diet, exercise and regular consultation with your doctor
- Gestational diabetes: Happens mostly during pregnancy when sugar is too much in your blood. It can be controlled and managed and will go away after you’ve had your baby
- Preeclampsia: Common with pregnant women older than 40. It is when your kidney or liver may not be working properly and you have high blood pressure. It causes blurred vision, swelling in your hands and face or severe headaches or belly pain; very risky but good news, it can be treated
And/or health conditions like premature baby, underweight baby, multiple babies, down syndrome baby, hypertension, miscarriages, stillbirths and other birth deformities. These may also be present with younger mothers but the rate increases as we grow older.
Women are not the only ones affected as older fathers sperms too have the potential of having a lot of genetic errors.
Another issue is that both older women and older men are more likely than younger parents to have preexisting health issues and this also affects the formation of your baby due to a higher probability of chromosomal abnormalities.
One of the ways to check these health issues is to exercise and eat a balanced diet way before you get pregnant. Plus take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid daily; don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol, or use street drugs nor abuse prescription drugs.
Take a lot of rest and reduce stress plus, check your health regularly as in twice a year for any underlining defect. I will also suggest you take up meditation, go for massages and wellness sessions.
You may also want to have some prenatal tests when pregnant, to see if your baby is at risk. Screening tests, like cell-free fetal DNA screening or maternal blood screening, to check your blood and see if your baby is at risk for certain birth defects.
A screening test, however, isn’t certain about your baby having a birth defect; It only tells you that your baby may be at risk.
If your screening test results show that your baby may be at risk then you may want to have some diagnostic tests. These tests will tell if your baby has or doesn’t have a birth defect. Tests like chronic villus sampling and amniocentesis.
No matter what you do, talk to your doctor to advise you on the best test to take.
We look forward to celebrating your bundle of joy with you.