Risks of Pregnancy After 35 That no one Talks About

Janet Jackson gave birth to her first child on January 3rd at 50. She is one of the many women starting their parenting journeys later in life. Professional careers and other personal circumstances have seen many shelf their family dreams to their 40s and 50s. There is however a number of risks associated with this trend of trying to get pregnant after 35:


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Difficulty conceiving:

A woman is born with a limited number of eggs. From the mid 30s, the eggs decrease in quantity and quality making it difficult for her to even conceive.

Multiple pregnancy:

The chances of getting twins increases with age. The fact that one might need assisted reproductive technologies like IVF only adds to the risk.

Gestational diabetes:

Gestational diabetes only occurs during pregnancy and is more common in older women. Left untreated, it can cause an unborn child to grow significantly larger than average, increasing the risk of injury during delivery.

High Blood Pressure:

Older women are more likely to develop high blood pressure during pregnancy. Medication or  delivering the baby prematurely help avoid complications in such a situation.

Premature and low birth weight babies:

As we all know, premature babies normally have complicated medical problems.

Chromosome Abnormalities:

Babies born to older women have a higher risk of developing certain chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome.

Higher risk of miscarriages and stillbirths:

The risk of pregnancy loss increases as you get older. This could be as a result of pre-existing medical conditions or fetal chromosomal abnormalities.

That said, it is important to note that you can still carry a pregnancy as an older woman. You just need to have your health care provider advice and monitor the development of your pregnancy to ensure that everything is going exactly as it should.


Until we see each other again, 


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