April 04, 2005
Advances in medical care have made it possible for Carolyn to have a baby at 55, and the pregnancy rate among women over 35 has nearly doubled. If you’re thinking about having a baby later in life, you should be aware of the risks — which increase with age — so you can make an informed decision.
Women over 35 have an increased risk of the following complications during pregnancy: miscarriage, placenta previa, fetal distress, cesarean birth, high blood pressure, diabetes, ectopic pregnancy and premature delivery. The baby is also at risk for low birthweight, genetic disorders like Down syndrome, asphyxia, brain bleeds and stillbirth.
According to the March of Dimes, if you are thinking of getting pregnant after the age of 35, there are things you can do now to help reduce risks during pregnancy:
If you decide to get pregnant later in life, Dr. Phil has advice: