12 Apr 2022 | 6 min Read
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Geriatric pregnancy is a rarely used term for having a baby when a woman is 35 or older. It was used in the 1970s to refer to pregnancies observed in women over the age of 35 years considered as an age of high risk pregnancy. However, it is an outdated term and most healthcare providers today prefer to use the term ‘advanced maternal age’.
These pregnancies after 30 have an increased risk for certain complications like miscarriage, genetic disorders, and certain pregnancy complications like high blood pressure or gestational diabetes. However, a healthy lifestyle and certain precautionary measures can maximise the possibility of a healthy pregnancy even if you are having a baby after 40.
There are some risks and benefits of pregnancy after 30. Read on to know more.
Here’s everything you need to know about geriatric pregnancy risks.
There are risks with pregnancy at any age. But complication rates increase with age and may be as much as double over the age of 40 (an age of high risk pregnancy), compared to pregnant mums who are aged 20 to 34. Some of the risks of a geriatric pregnancy are:
Certain genetic screening tests are recommended for pregnant mums who are at an age of high risk pregnancy. These can detect if your baby is at high risk for certain congenital conditions.
Most of these testing uses blood tests or an ultrasound scan. These can detect the possibility of a genetic condition of your developing baby.
Some of these tests are:
Some of the common problems in pregnancies after 30 are:
If left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause the baby to grow significantly larger than average, increasing the risk of injuries during delivery. Gestational diabetes can also increase the risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy, and complications to your infant after delivery.
According to research, the decrease in the quality of your eggs along with an increased risk of chronic medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes might increase your risk of miscarriage.
Women who decide to have a baby later in life have more life experience and financial stability. Studies have shown that older mums tend to be better educated and have more financial resources than younger moms.
Although a geriatric pregnancy involves complications, following some important tips can lead to healthy pregnancies. Here are some tips to take care in geriatric pregnancy:
According to Centre for Disease Control, you can call a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
According to studies, the rate of people having their first baby in their late 30s is rising every year. Most pregnancies over the age of 35 are healthy and successful as long as there is a close monitoring in the prenatal period and even during the pregnancy. In most cases, the age of conceiving is just a number. If you maintain a healthy weight and manage any conditions you have as per your healthcare provider, you are likely to deliver a healthy baby.
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