Pregnancy – over 35 years
Most women over 35 years have normal pregnancies however, others may need special care before and during pregnancy.
When you are aged 35 years or older, there are some particular things you need to think about before becoming pregnant. Once a woman reaches 35 years, she has a greater chance of:
- fertility problems
- having a miscarriage or foetal loss in the second or third trimesters
- developing diabetes or high blood pressure while pregnant
- being constantly tired when pregnant
- giving birth by caesarean section (surgery needed to deliver a baby)
- having babies with chromosomal problems such as Down's syndrome
- having multiple births.
By working with your lead maternity carer and getting regular prenatal care, you will help ensure a healthy and rewarding pregnancy.