The tale around having a child has commonly held that you can only get pregnant early in life. Because of this, the common perception has always been that pregnancy after 35 years of age is not possible. If you are in your mid 30’s and are healthy, maternity experts agree that you can expect a successful pregnancy although you may not get pregnant as quickly, or as easily, as someone who is in their 20’s.
To help you understand this journey better, we have answered few common questions that you may have:
Will having a baby after 35 be a problem?
The maternal urge can hit different women at different times. While you can time your pregnancy later in life, you should know that there will definitely be more obstacles when you try to conceive after 35. One in particular will be your aging ovarian reserve. You are born with a set number of eggs in your ovaries and as your body naturally ages, the quality and supply of eggs also declines with age. There is also the possibility of facing certain risks when you’re pregnant at 35.
How to get pregnant after 35?
If you are over the age of 35 and are ready to have a baby, work towards maximizing your health and monitor your reproductive health. The first step towards getting pregnant after 35 is to see your doctor and go in for a thorough examination. Your doctor will:
- Go through your medical history, as well as your family history, in minute detail.
- They will also conduct the same for your partner, to identify any condition that can affect your pregnancy, or come in the way of you getting pregnant.
- An experienced medical service provider like Apollo Cradle will then set up a regime of high-quality prenatal care, which will be the cornerstone of your journey to motherhood.
- Depending on the results, they can suggest a number of ways in which you can conceive, including fertility treatment, if required.
Should I go in for fertility treatments immediately?
Many couples who have had trouble getting pregnant can be successful without treatment. The most important step for naturally conceiving:
- Is to get your timing right. The help of a doctor may be required to regularly monitor your monthly cycle, and figure out when you’re ovulating.
- The best time to conceive is to procreate a few days before ovulation, so that the sperm is in the right place when the egg comes through.
If naturally trying over a period of 6 months doesn’t work, it’s important that you not waste any time and see a reproductive endocrinologist. In case you have irregular periods or a previous case of abdominal surgery, It is advisable to get an evaluation sooner. Based on your unique need, the fertility specialist will recommend a treatment. There are a number of treatments available, and it is best that you meet with an expert to understand which one fits best while trying to get pregnant at 35.
What can I expect from my pregnancy after 35?
It is important to remember that getting pregnant is half the battle, because age will continue to play a role, even after you conceive.
With age, you may:
- Face an increased chance of being affected by a chronic disease, like high blood pressure, or diabetes, which can affect your pregnancy if left undiagnosed.
- Your doctor may also suggest that you go in for genetic counselling, where you will be made aware of possible chromosomal problems or other birth defects.
What are the risks of pregnancy after 35?
You run a higher risk of developing a number of complications during pregnancy at an older age. These include:
- Gestational diabetes (developing diabetes during your pregnancy)
- Preeclampsia (developing high-blood pressure during your pregnancy)
- Placental abruption (where the placenta may prematurely separate from the uterine wall)
- Placenta previa (where the placenta may lie low in the uterus, thus partially or completely blocking the cervix)
- Ectopic pregnancy (where a fertilised egg implants outside the uterus)
- With age, the rates of miscarriage also substantially go up
- You can also run the risk of delivering a baby with low birth weight, or having a premature delivery.
- Studies have also indicated that delivering a baby after 35 may increase your chances of requiring a caesarean section.
- While medical advances have reduced this significantly, there is also a risk that a pregnancy after 35 faces a higher risk of stillbirths or maternal death. This is largely due to underlying medical problems that are commonly faced as you grow old.
While the facts may seem grim, it must be understood that every case is different, and that the right prenatal care can make all the difference. Mothers are advised to take care of their own health, before and after getting pregnant, improving their chances of having a less complicated pregnancy. Apollo Cradle experts ensure that you get the best prenatal care and support to help you have a successful pregnancy.
In addition, getting the right diagnosis and treatment for underlying health issues will significantly reduce any possible risks, both for your baby and you. Thus, it is important to meet with your doctor as soon as you have made your decision, to ensure that you get the best medical support and help.
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