13.04.2014

Pregnancy after 35 success stories

Getting pregnant after 35 years of age is becoming much more common than it used to be but women can still be concerned about the risks for mother and baby. Susie believes that taking hold of your life, keeping healthy emotionally and physically then you have every chance of having a happy and healthy pregnancy after the age of 35. A woman's fertility naturally decreases with age and so getting pregnant after 35 is not going to be as easy as if you were in your twenties, which is the natural peak of your fertility.
However even though chances of getting pregnant after 35 are going to decrease it does not necessarily mean that it won't happen or that you will even have trouble at all.
Susie says the main thing that prohibits women over the age of 35 from getting pregnant is the worry and stress of not being able to fall pregnant. If you've been trying to have a baby for over 6 months and have not had any success then it might be time to see a fertility specialist so that they can work out the best way for you and your partner to move forward. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment can be an option for some couples, but the success rates with this treatment also decrease with age so it is worth really talking this through with your partner and the health professional. Susie's advice is: "When you are pregnant continue what you started when you were trying to conceive because your body will need the same things to create your baby. Talk to your Dr about medication - Some forms of over the counter or prescribed medicines are not suitable for pregnant women so once you have got the confirmation that you are pregnant talk to your doctor about any medication that you take.
Go to regular Antenatal classes- Because of the increased risks for pregnant women over the age of 35 it is incredibly important that you attend regular antenatal care. Exercise- Susie wouldn't recommend taking on any new exercises when you're pregnant, so if you didn't run before pregnancy, this is not the time to start. Keep relaxed- This can be harder said than done but a happy mother is usually a the key to a happy baby so take some time to really pamper yourself during your pregnancy. After that women can drink 1-2 units every one or two weeks if they would like, it is uncertain what effects this might have on your baby so it is strongly unadvised to do so.
There is no denying that having a baby after 35 years of age increases the risks from conception to birth as your natural egg reserve has already started to diminish but this does not mean that you will definitely encounter these problems. The chance of miscarriage increases dramatically over the age of 35 and so in the first trimester of pregnancy it is very important that you see your health advisor regularly so they can help in any way to reduce the risk.
As well as this there is an increased chance that if you do become pregnant, your baby could be born with a genetic abnormality, most notably Downs Syndrome, the number of cases is approximately 1 in 300 in pregnancies of women over 35.
There is also an increased risk for pregnant women over the age of 35 to develop high-blood pressure or diabetes which can be a big problem for your baby. This all sounds scary but the more that you look after yourself, the larger the chance that your pregnancy will be as normal and healthy a pregnancy as someone in their twenties. Women becoming pregnant and giving birth after the age of 35 is more common all over the world than ever before.


The first hurdle many women face when they decide to start a family after they are 35 is getting pregnant at all.
Another difficulty facing a woman over 35 who wants to become pregnant is the age of her eggs. Folic acid can prevent many birth defects and indeed since doctors all over the world began telling their patients to increase their folic acid intake just before conception and for every day of their pregnancy the incidence of birth defects has decreased every year in the industrialized world for well over a decade now even though there are more older women becoming pregnant. Many women who become pregnant after the age of 35 are a little disturbed when their doctor begins talking about the need for genetic testing. Usually Mums to be can choose between a test performed at 11 to 13 weeks into the pregnancy called chorionic villus sampling or a more traditional amniocentesis at 15 to 16 weeks. The one big advantage that women over the age of 35 who become pregnant have over their younger counterparts is that they are usually a little more settled and stable in their lives and better equipped mentally to deal with the journey into parenthood that is ahead. Apart from the over a decade I have spent helping care for pregnant women and their newborns in London, England and Texas, New York and Georgia in the US after graduating from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors in Nursing and a registered nurse designation I am also a Mum of two, one of whom arrived three months early, really giving me a very personal insight into just how special your own babies are. No pregnant woman wants to hear the words "high-risk pregnancy," and yet if you're over 35, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that you are, just by nature of your age. We've looked into all this plus how to boost your chances of conceiving and how to keep you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. Susie says: "With anyone over 35 their age can act as a mental and physical block when they are trying to get pregnant. They can create a health record that will keep any information about your menstrual cycle, previous pregnancies and any health problems to make sure that you get the right help that you need as soon as you need. Before you think about getting pregnant it might be worth starting yoga classes so that you have a form of exercise that you can do while pregnant. While some women like to have the occasional alcoholic drink during pregnancy they are strongly advised not to, especially in the first 3 months as this can greatly increase the chances of miscarriage. There is also an increased risk of eptopic pregnancies as well as placenta previa (where the placenta lies low in the uterus, partially or completely covering the cervix), preeclampsia and placenta abruption (where the placenta separates from the uterine wall). And while there are lots and lots of success stories, older Mums are becoming new Mums every day, when it comes to getting pregnant and then having a healthy pregnancy that results in a beautiful bundle of joy age is more than just a number; it does increase some risks and a woman over 35 will have to approach her pregnancy a little differently to her younger counterparts. Over the last decade or so it has become more and more apparent through research conducted all over the world just how important it is that women get enough of it before and during pregnancy. Once they do become pregnant looking after their own health to help make sure that Baby is healthy too is very important. Because women over 35 who become pregnant are at a higher risk for complications like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and pre eclampsia it is crucial that they make it to every appointment that is scheduled for them and that they consult with their doctor immediately if they feel something is wrong.
Stress can, in itself contribute to pregnancy complications so it is still essential that older Mums to Be get lots of emotional support from those around them and try to adjust their busy lives so that stress is minimized as far as possible.


However with the right medical care and some common sense there is no reason why older Mums to be cannot sail through their nine months of pregnancy with the same sense of optimism and excitement as younger women with the result being a happy, healthy baby and the beginning of an exciting new chapter of their lives. Decades ago the wisdom was that pregnant women should avoid everything except the odd stroll around the park. According to a new CDC report, nearly every state has seen a rise in women having their first child after age 35. After that the number declines every year and by the time a woman reaches her 30th birthday she will begin experiencing a decrease in fertility of about 3.5% every year from then on until menopause. Most doctors recommend that pregnant women only need to add about 300 extra calories to their normal intake a day so it’s important to make every one of those extra calories count! The average age of a first pregnancy has risen, as has the number of mothers having subsequent babies after 35.
It doesn’t necessarily mean one causes the other—it’s possible that being healthy enough to get pregnant later also causes longevity—but it’s encouraging news for those of us who waited until our late 30s to have children.That news has been coming more quickly in recent years. As I noted in my book The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant, the scary statistic that one out of three women over 35 will not be pregnant after a year of trying comes from an analysis of French birth records between 1670 and 1830.
As of 2011—the most recent national statistics available—only 27 percent of women in their late 30s had a baby after one IVF cycle, compared to 40 percent of those under 35. In fact, that's the first piece of advice Ross gives to any patients trying to get pregnant. Almost all 35 to 39-year-old women—92 percent—had at least one normal embryo to transfer after a single IVF cycle.Although most women will not need IVF, such studies are useful.
The real reductions come only after age 40; 42 percent of 40-year-old women’s embryos were normal, which sunk to 12 percent by age 44.
The percentage without any normal embryos to transfer was virtually unchanged between the ages of 29 and 37, rose slightly for 38-to-40-year-olds, and was not over 50 percent until age 44.About 80 percent of women 35-39 will get pregnant naturally in a year of trying. Miscarriage rates rise from about 15 percent for those under 35 to 27 percent in a woman’s late 30s.Many women who are trying to get pregnant in their late 30s and early 40s didn’t necessarily want to wait that long, but met their partners later in life.
I also didn’t meet my husband until I was 30, after my first marriage collapsed under the pressure of trying to find two academic jobs in the same place.




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