30.12.2014

Pregnancy over 40 years old risks

In the 13 years I’ve been working in the maternity unit, I have seen more and more women who have waited until they were 35 or older to have children. Also, the improvement of medical science and fertility treatments has made it possible for older mothers, and women who previously were unable to conceive, to have a chance to have a baby. If a woman is over the age of 35, she is considered to be of Advanced Maternal Age, and with this title comes risks for mom and baby. Even with all of these increased risks, with the advancement in medical procedures and testing, there are several ways to reduce your risk.
There are tests that all pregnant women are encouraged to take, but there is additional prenatal testing that is regularly offered to any woman 35 or older because of the potential of increased risks to the mother and baby.


Both of these tests, CVS and amniocentesis, let couples know if the fetus will have genetic abnormalities, and will help them make informed decisions regarding their pregnancy. I’d like to see more pregnancy sites informing women about the AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) test for ovarian reserve. Me and my husband been together 20 years I was told at the age of 15 I would never be able to have kids . You know after I was shot, I was told that I couldn’t have children until I had my bariatric surgery in which the bullet fragments were removed and I lost over 120 lbs.
Women who have this could possibly have a very large baby who then is at risk for injuries during delivery.


They include early and regular prenatal care, taking the multivitamin with folic acid prescribed by your health care manager, beginning pregnancy at a healthy weight, not smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages, and eating healthy foods.
This test is 98% accurate, but can carry a slightly higher risk of miscarriage than amniocentesis, since the procedure is done in early pregnancy.
Every pregnancy comes with risks, but with a little information and dedication to your health, the payoff can be amazing.



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