The Risks Of Pregnancy After 30

pregnancy risks a woman over the age of thirty-five can develop such as placenta previa, ectopic pregnancy, and miscarriages.

There is nothing more precious than bringing a new life into the world. For many women, pregnancy can be a breeze with little or no difficulties. However, many women over the age of thirty are at risk for pregnancy complications. Women in their early thirties usually have no problems with their pregnancy and deliver healthy babies. After the age of thirty-five is when most women experience difficulties and have a harder time trying to conceive. Having a baby after thirty-five can be risky for the mother and the baby. Women over the age of thirty-five are at a higher risk for miscarriages, having babies born with birth defects, placenta previa, ectopic pregnancy, low birth weights, and delivering prematurely.

At the onset of thirty, a woman's fertility begins to decrease. A decrease in fertility can make it more difficult for a woman over thirty-five to become pregnant. However, it is possible. If a woman is still having problems after six months of trying to become pregnant, she should visit her doctor to discuss infertility and treatment options. It is a good idea for women in their mid-thirties to have a preconception appointment with their doctor to discuss preexisting conditions. Preexisting conditions such high blood pressure and diabetes can affect the pregnancy if not carefully monitored.



Miscarriages are heartbreaking and can be difficult for the parents to deal with. A little life has ended before it was introduced to the world. The majority of miscarriages occur within the first trimester. Sometimes, a woman is not aware she is pregnant until a miscarriage occurs. Women over the age of thirty-five are at risk of having a miscarriage because of the increase probability of chromosomal abnormalities. When a cell that does not have proper amount of chromosomes, the embryo develops a chromosomal abnormality. The body will then reject the embryo resulting in a miscarriage. Miscarriages can in some cases be painful physically and emotionally. It is best for the woman to wait until she is healed both physically and emotionally to try for another baby.

As a woman gets older, the chances she will deliver a baby born with a birth defect. Birth defects are results of chromosome disorders. Down syndrome, a chromosome disorder caused by an additional chromosome twenty-one, is more common in children born to women over the age of thirty-five. Amniocentesis and other prenatal testing can help to rule out the possibility of Down syndrome and other chromosomal disorders. Children born with birth defects are more common to older women. However, there is no guarantee that a woman over the age of thirty-five will deliver a baby with a birth defect. Once prenatal testing has ruled out chromosomal disorders, older women have as good of a chance to delivering a healthy baby as a younger woman.

Women over the age of thirty-five also have the risk of developing placenta previa. Placenta previa is a condition in which the placenta attaches to the lower part of the uterus and completely covers the opening to the cervix. This condition can cause heavy to severe bleeding during delivery and spotting along with uterus cramping in the first and second trimesters. Caesarean sections are usually the method of delivery for a mother with placenta previa.

Ectopic pregnancies are also more common in pregnant women over the age of thirty-five. In an ectopic pregnancy, the woman's egg implants outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube causing the baby and the placenta to grow inside the fallopian tube. Other names for ectopic pregnancy include cervical pregnancy, tubal pregnancy, and abdominal pregnancy. This type if pregnancy can be caused by a number of factors besides the mother's age including a physical blockage in the tube or previous tubal infections and/ or surgery. Ectopic pregnancy can cause cramping, abdominal and pelvic pain, and spotting among other symptoms.

Delivering a low birth weight baby and/ or delivering prematurely are also risks for mothers to be over the age of thirty-five. These risks are more common to older women delivering their first child. Women over the age of thirty-five are at an increased risk of delivering a baby under five and a half pounds and before thirty-seven weeks. These risks are increased, as a woman gets older regardless if she does not have previous chronic health conditions.

The fact there are many risks for a pregnant woman over the age of thirty-five should not discourage a woman from conceiving. A healthy diet, good prenatal care, and regular doctor visits can help to ensure the delivery of healthy baby. Following these basic rules of pregnancy can lower her risks of developing any complications.

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