7 facts about pregnancy at an older age
7 facts about pregnancy after the age of 35
Information about the pros and cons of pregnancy after the age of 35 is your best guide when planning your baby’s arrival in the world.
Every woman has the right and the freedom to decide when she will become pregnant. Below you will read 7 facts, showing the pros and cons of pregnancy after 35.
1. Pregnancy for the first time at an older age may mean longer life: According to an American study, although pregnancies at an older age increase the risk of miscarriages and/or congenital abnormalities, women who become pregnant for the first time after the age of 35 are 11% more likely to live until the age of 90, in comparison with younger mothers.
2. More and more “older” mothers give birth to healthy babies: In the US, in the past few years, the number of first-time deliveries with healthy babies per 1.000 women aged between 35-39 has increased by 36%, while the percentage of women aged between 40-44 has increased by 70%!
3. Maternity at an older age can improve mental abilities: According to a study recently published in the American Geriatric Society Journal, maternity after 35 can improve women's mental abilities. According to the study, women who have their first child at an older age achieve higher scores in mental acuity tests, problem solving, and verbal skills tests.
4. Pregnancy after the age of 35 increases the chance of having twins: Yes, this is a fact. Not only through fertility therapy, but also by natural conception.
5. Pregnancy after the age of 40 increases the risk of having a baby with some kind of congenital abnormality: The most common complication of chromosomes is Down syndrome and it is caused by an extra chromosome. Statistics show the following data: A 25-year-old woman has 1 out of 1.250 chances to have a baby with Down syndrome. At 30, odds are 1 out of 1000. At 35, 1 out of 400 and over 40, 1 out of 100. Finally, over 45, 1 out of 30.
6. Childbirth for women over 40 can be more difficult: According to the Spanish physician Isabel Palencia, women who have their first child after the age of 40 are likely to have difficult births. She explains: "The dilation period is much slower, because the tissues are harder. This slows down the expulsion, increasing the risk of fetal distress."
7. Women who become pregnant at an older age have a higher risk of preeclampsia and eclampsia: The causes are still being investigated. In some cases, it is the result of pre-existing hypertension or diabetes.
Here are some tips from us:
- When planning to become pregnant, be in the best possible physical condition. This applies to all women, regardless of age.
- Visit your gynecologist for the prenatal checkup and start a dietary supplement containing folic acid.
- Make sure your weight is healthy and of course make sure your diet is nutritious and varied.
-Concentrate on goods that contain natural folic acid, such as vegetables, oranges, legumes and cereals.
The above will help you enjoy the wonderful experience of pregnancy.
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