The optimal time for pregnancy is the age of 20 to 35. We know that earlier than 20 are somehow perceived as a dangerous state. That’s due to the complications such as anemia, pregnancy-induced hypertension, high blood pressure, greater risk of cephalopelvic disproportion, a higher rate of infant mortality, and even premature birth. However, getting pregnant later than thirty-five is not safe either. Because at that age, having a baby is like defying nature. There are emotional, psychological, and physical risks that come along with it. And mind you, not all therapy and medication can resolve some of its health problems.
Most women of childbearing age are not aware of the potential to develop depression or anxiety during pregnancy. A myth exists that pregnancy is a period that is protective of emotional health. — Andrea Schneider, LCSW
Late Pregnancy Risks
If you decide to postpone motherhood, it is always up to you. There are still safe ways to bear a child when you’re over the age of 35. However, you need to understand the risk factors and challenges of late pregnancy. You have to gather a lot of information as to why it is, or it isn’t safe to bear a child on that particular age.
In general view, women’s fertility starts to decline in a more fast and rapid pace after they have reached the age of 30. It is a natural procedure that all women undergo once they are reaching towards old age. But what takes into much consideration is the ability to carry a healthy child. Every year, there are cases of miscarriages due to related complications linked to age. These include gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorder, and high blood pressure or preeclampsia. There are also unfortunate instances of premature delivery and stillbirth, bleeding complications, which can potentially lead to c-section. Although these conditions and risks are the entire mother’s experience, the baby is still not guaranteed safe as well. There are chances that the child may develop growth retardation due to chromosomal abnormalities.
Essential Things To Do
Understanding the risks of late pregnancy is the most crucial part when deciding to postpone childbearing. Since it is vital that the child gets enough oxygen in the mother’s body through the placenta, she should consider undergoing a non-stress test weekly. Though some may not offer it to women over the age of 35, it is essential to know its benefits for future reference.
On top of that, you should understand your birth options. C-section is not always an end game. If you don’t have any medical complications, might as well choose the standard delivery.
Mindfulness is a powerful coping tool that can help alleviate stress and anxiety in the general population and for mothers during pregnancy. — Jamie Kreiter, LCSW
Another thing that you can do to handle late pregnancy safely is to take a prenatal. It is not an option though. Getting a prenatal is mandatory because it allows you to check on your baby’s health as well. Always make sure that you get regular health care assistance and you are taking your prenatal vitamins. It should include at least 400 micrograms of folic acid. It is essential in preventing congenital disabilities. It is vital that you manage preexisting medical conditions too. Consult your doctor for proper treatments and medications that won’t affect your chances of childbearing.
Boosting nutrition is also a great way to safe late pregnancy. Eating healthy food is essential in keeping your immune system strong and active. It enables you to have a solid chance of fighting diseases and inflammation caused by harmful elements. Along with proper nutrition, exercising is also necessary. Regular simple workouts can help you in maintaining your significant weight which is beneficial to physical functions.
Staying healthy will not be complete without getting enough sleep. Developing a better sleep can help restore brain and body function as well. It allows you to avoid, limit, and reduce the stress that causes complication in the overall health development. And along with better sleep, you also need to stay away from too much alcohol consumption. Quit smoking as well and avoid substance abuse.
Looking at my skills instead of my weaknesses, I tapped into my ability to manage things, to take responsibility, to focus on goals, and decided I was going to have a great pregnancy. — Shirley Katz, PhD, CCC
Every pregnancy carries its complications and risks. However, sticking to excellent prenatal support and care can help minimize the risks. Always consult your doctor so that you can ensure you and your baby’s development, safety, and health. Because when you are 35 and generally healthy, then you can expect that your pregnancy should be healthy as well. As long as you understand the importance of making smarter lifestyle choices, everything is going to be okay. Always aim to be as healthy as you can.