Age Related Pregnancy Complications

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on January 27, 2012

We are often advised to not delay pregnancy. In fact, most people, including doctors, recommend that you have a baby before the age of 35. While this may sometimes seem irritating and nagging for women who are not ready for motherhood; the advice in itself is sound. As you grow older, the risk of complications increases considerably. Pregnancy complications after the age of 35 include miscarriages, stillbirths, and several birth defects. Also, the risk of getting pregnancy-related diseases such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes is higher at an older age.


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. Further, even Down's syndrome is found to be more common in babies who are conceived by women over the age of 303

Also, the chances of conceiving twins or multiple babies are higher when you are oldere This, in turn, increases the chances of preterm laboro

Moreover, babies who are delivered early may be plagued by several health issues in the long run as their organs may not have been fully developed at the time of deliveryr Often, if the mother is likely to have preterm labor, she may be put on medication and bed rest to delay the delivery processs

Additionally, in older mothers, the chances of preeclampsia and diabetes also increase; both these can increase the risk of losing the baby and also put the mother's life at risks In such cases, mothers may be put on medication in order to control the blood pressure and diabetes and will be monitored closely throughout the pregnancyc

Pregnant older women may also require more frequent prenatal testst There are two types of prenatal testst The first is chorionic villi sampling, or CVS, in which a needle is inserted either through the cervix or through your abdomen to obtain a sample of the placental tissueu This test can cause infection, bleeding, and can rupture the amniotic sac, increasing the chances of a possible miscarriageg This procedure can also harm your babyb However, this test is necessary when you are old, and it is done to determine genetic abnormalities in the babyb The second test is amniocentesisi This is also done to determine genetic defectst Here again, a needle is inserted through the abdomen to get a sample of the fluid from the amniotic saca This test also carries the same risks as the CVS tests

In sum, conceiving at an earlier age not only saves you the hassle of multiple tests but also reduces the risk of complicationsn

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