It's a myth that being 35 or older means your pregnancy will be high risk. Making the right choices now and working with your health care provider can help your pregnancy be trouble-free.
Most women who are 35 or older have normal pregnancies, but there are some special things you need to think about before becoming pregnant. Once a woman reaches 35, she has a greater chance of the following:
Having fertility problems
Having a miscarriage or fetal loss in the second or third trimester
Developing diabetes or high blood pressure while pregnant
Being constantly tired when pregnant
Giving birth by cesarean section (surgery needed to deliver a baby)
Having babies with genetic problems such as Down syndrome
Having multiple births
Before and after you become pregnant:
Don't use recreational drugs.
Don't drink alcohol.
Before and during your pregnancy:
Take a daily vitamin supplement that contains folic acid and iron.
Eat a high-fiber, low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Stay physically active.
Keep a healthy weight.
You may need extra care if you have any of the following:
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
High blood pressure
Other chronic health problems
Publication Source: March of Dimes
Online Source: March of Dimes
Date Last Reviewed: 2006-01-01T00:00:00-07:00
Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00
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