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Pregnancy after Age 35

Even though women are often told that age is “only a number”, it is something to consider if you are pregnant. It’s not uncommon for women to wait until their middle to late thirties to start planning a family, and most will enjoy a healthy pregnancy. There are still a few risks associated with later pregnancies, but if you follow a few steps you can dramatically lower your chances of developing any complications.

Steps to increase your chances of having a healthy baby after age 35

One of the most important steps to follow when you are pregnant at any age is to visit a health care specialist regularly. Most experts recommend receiving a checkup before you conceive to ensure you are healthy enough to become safely pregnant and carry the baby to term. Once you have successfully become pregnant, it is important to continue to have regular checkups to make sure everything is progressing normally.

The first eight weeks of your pregnancy is a critical time for your baby’s development, and regular exams and screenings can often catch any potential problems that could endanger you or the fetus. This is especially important for women over 35 who already have a higher risk of developing certain conditions that can include,

* Preeclampsia

* Gestational diabetes

* High blood pressure

There are also specialized tests that are designed for older pregnant women, and your health care adviser can recommend additional screenings as it becomes necessary.

Prenatal Vitamins

While a well-balanced diet is often enough to ensure that you are getting the recommended amount of daily vitamins and minerals, this is not always true during pregnancy. Most health care specialists state that all pregnant women should at least take a natural supplement that contains folic acid during the first trimester. Folic acid is important for the development of your baby’s brain and spinal cord and the generally recommended dose is 400 micrograms a day. This is especially important for women over 35 who are already at a higher risk of delivering a baby with birth defects. Your health care provider can recommend the appropriate amount of folic acid you need to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

Lowering your risk of complications during pregnancy

One of the best ways to lower your risk of experiencing any complications during pregnancy is to continue to visit your health care provider regularly. This also includes any other health problems you may already be experiencing, like diabetes and high blood pressure. By keeping up with any other health issues you may already be dealing with, you can dramatically increase your chances of having a safe pregnancy. Many health care experts also recommend seeing a dentist before conceiving, since early studies seem to suggest that women with healthy teeth and gums have less of a risk of giving birth early or having their baby born with a low birth weight.

Gaining the right amount of weight is also important during pregnancy. While your health care provider can help you manage your weight and plan nutritious meals, there are some foods that you should automatically include in your diet when you are pregnant. Some foods that you will want to include in your daily diet are;

* Plenty of whole grains.

* Foods rich in calcium such as milk, cheese, and other dairy products.

* Fresh fruits and vegetables.

* Leafy greens

* Lean meats

Not only will a well-balanced diet help you gain the right amount of weight for a healthy pregnancy, it will also dramatically lower your risk of developing certain complications. Exercise is also recommended for pregnant women at any age though it should be discussed with your health care provider. Other important steps to follow to ensure a healthy pregnancy after age 35 include refraining from drinking alcohol and smoking. Both of these unhealthy habits can not only put yourself at a greater risk of developing complications during your pregnancy, it can also harm your unborn baby.

Summary

It is possible to have a safe pregnancy after age 35 as long as you follow the advice of your health care provider and use simple common sense. Regular visits to your health care provider will help identify any developing problems, along with helping to answer any questions and concerns you might have. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, and regular exercise can also improve your health and that of your baby. By following these simple steps, you can have a safe and healthy pregnancy even in your thirties and forties.

References:

https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/pregnancy-center/

http://www.pregnancyexercise.co.nz/7-myths-about-pregnancy/

http://www.thinkhealthmag.com/pregnancy-trimester-by-trimester/

 

Author Bio: 

Evlin Symon is an experienced Health writer who has been at this for more than 5 Years. She is an expert in health, fitness, weight loss, pregnancy, and beauty. Evlin loves to read and write, and she hopes to write a novel someday. When she is not writing, she can be usually found reading a good book. Follow her on Facebook and Google+ for daily inspiration.

 
 
 

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