So, you are planning on having a child after 35 years? Well, in the current scenario, a lot of women are considering to delay child rearing, the cause being multiple. In part-1 of this article, we said more about the general terminologies and complications related (in both mother and child) when the maternal age is >35 years. In this article (part-2), we say more about the precautions that a pregnant woman needs to take if she considers having a baby after 35 years of age.
So, what are the precautions to take when planning to get pregnant over 35 years?
- See your doctor: The first step is to see that your health is optimum to conceive and carry a child through these 9 months. Unless your doctor deems you fit and ready, we would advise you to wait it out.
Take your vitamins: Once your doctor gives you a green signal, the next step is to maintain it through conception and pregnancy. Speak to your doctor and ask what are the prenatal vitamins that you should take during all this planning.
- Maintain/manage your medical condition/s: If you have any preexisting medical condition diabetes or thyroid problems or any other which may hamper your pregnancy, it would be best to speak to your doctor and keep it under control. Regular doctor’s visits may be necessary to assess your progress. Also, it is necessary that your doctor is informed about you trying to conceive, as this may alter your sessions and treatment plan.
- Birthing options: In most instances, a cesarean is not your only option. >40 years mothers are suggested to have a C-section (higher rates of multiple births & medical complications). If you choose to have a natural birth, speak to your doctor about it, you can have one unless it’s medically contraindicated.
- Check your weight: As women age, they tend to pile on extra kilos (more so after 30 years) and it is difficult to lose. If you are overweight and planning on having a baby, it would be advised to get your weight under a normal range. This helps in reducing problems encountered during pregnancy, labor and delivery.
- Be easy on your body and yourself: We know you are a superwoman and micromanage everything with ease by the time you turn 35, you are established professionally and have daily fixed routines. If you tend to continue the same when pregnant, it will take a toll on you physically and mentally. So, we advise you to be easy on yourself during these 9 months and gather help.
- Exercise and eat right: Speak to your doctor & nutritionist and see that you are getting the right nutrition and exercise. Doing this you significantly reduce pregnancy and labor complications.
- Stress (a lot) less: This single act in itself helps you smoothly transit through these 9 months. In order to achieve this, you must have a proper work-life balance along with a strong support system.
- Be informed: Speak to your doctor and know the risks of a geriatric pregnancy. By being well informed, you win half your battle and with the help of your doctor and family, you may overcome the hurdles and have an easy pregnancy.
- Speak to another mother: Speaking to another mother who was in your same shoes before you, helps you gain insight and the right perspective to handle this situation.
These were the few things to keep in mind if you are planning a pregnancy over 35 years. Remember, a lot of women before you have done it (even given birth in their 40’s) and so can you! Happy pregnancy.