The good and bad of being a mother after 35

The good and bad of being a mother after 35

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Despite the fact that the ideal time to be a mother, according to our biology, is 25 years, statistics indicate that it is increasingly common for women to postpone the age of a first pregnancy until 32-33 years. And the trend seems to indicate that most of us prefer to have them older.

The reasons that move us to this are multiple: we are looking for a stable job, a partner, owning a flat, economic stability ... Or simply that our biological clock has not been “awakened”, our need to be a mother. In We are going to analyze how with the characteristics of pregnancies after 35 years and after 40.

Advantage: 35-year-old women are likely to lead healthier lifestyles, better understand their body's needs, and take better care of themselves when it comes to fitness and nutrition.

Studies have shown that women at this age have a more positive image of their body and that they more easily tolerate typical pregnancy symptoms, such as heartburn or increased urinary frequency.

Fetal well-being: all studies agree that, for the baby, the final result is as favorable as for those born to young mothers, as demonstrated by the Apgar scores, which assess the well-being of the baby immediately after delivery, and the others tests and checkups that are done during childhood.

Disadvantages: After age 35, fertility drops dramatically (about 50% of the chances of a 20-year-old woman). Not only is the number of eggs affected, but their quality is also more likely to have fetuses with chromosomal alterations.

Risks in childbirth: Women 35 years and older are more likely to have an induced labor, a diagnosis of fetal distress, epidural anesthesia, or a forceps or cupping delivery, and virtually all studies agree that the Cesarean delivery rate grows with increasing age. However, this increase does not appear to be related to any specific problem.

Advantage: They tend to be more careful with diet, physical conditioning.

Disadvantages: The possibility of getting pregnant is markedly reduced (approximately 10% of the possibilities of a 20-year-old woman), the probability of having children with chromosomal alterations increases considerably (Down syndrome, Edwards ...).

At an older age they are more likely to have developed certain diseases, such as diabetes, some problems related to hypertension or uterine fibroids, which can affect pregnancy and the delivery of the baby. Studies on the effect of maternal age on pregnancy and birth also indicate an increase in the frequency of complications during pregnancy, such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, bleeding during the third trimester, and low placement of the placenta.

Risks to the baby: Inexplicably, a higher number of babies die before birth, at the end of pregnancy, in this group of women (1 in 440 pregnancies of women 35 years and older, versus 1 in 1,000 pregnancies of women youths). For this reason, doctors tend to monitor pregnant mothers who are over 35 years of age more during the last weeks of pregnancy.

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