Pregnancy after 35: how age affects pregnancy

Posted at 5:55 PM, Oct 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-16 19:55:49-04

More and more women are deciding to delay pregnancy until after their early 30s. Although there are a few heightened risks involved with pregnancy later in life, it is entirely possible for mothers ages 35 and older to deliver healthy and happy babies.

If you are over the age of 35 and plan to get pregnant, it is important to discuss potential risks with your doctor and keep track of your own health.

Pregnancy Risks After the Age of 35

  • More difficult to get pregnant
  • More likely to have multiple pregnancy
  • Increased risk of developing gestational diabetes
  • Increased risk of developing high blood pressure
  • Increased risk of having a baby with a low birth weight
  • Increased risk of premature birth
  • Increased risk of pregnancy-related complications during childbirth
  • Increased risk of chromosome abnormalities
  • Increased risk of pregnancy loss

Making Healthy Choices for you and baby

  • Make a preconception appointment
  • Seek regular prenatal visits with healthcare provider
  • Gain weight wisely
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Stay active
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and certain medications
  • Talk to your doctor about prenatal testing for chromosomal abnormalities