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What Is Advanced Maternal Age
Maternal age is a medical term used to denote the age of a pregnant woman. For women
conceiving at the age of 35 and above, they are classified under advanced maternal age. These
cases rarely happen but conceiving birth at a late age can cause serious complications especially
for the baby. Of course, these complications can be prevented as long as proper actions are
taken. Furthermore, take a look at the complications associated with late age pregnancy and how
you can prevent them.
There are four health-related factors that can affect late age pregnancy. Hypertensive problems
are nothing new during this type of pregnancy. Women conceiving at the age of 35 and older are
no exception to this complication because the likelihood of having hypertension increases as you
get older. A high blood pressure can cause the baby to be premature or underweight. Moreover,
the most common problem encountered during First Fertility is the genetic problems. There is a
high possibility that the baby will be born with chromosomal abnormalities such as Down
Syndrome and Tay-Sachs disease which are usually detected during the newborn screening.
Another complication that can happen during late age pregnancy is a stillbirth. This happens when
a 20-week old fetus dies inside the womb of the mother. Lastly, the worst complication of
conceiving at this age is maternal death. Though its always a risk for every pregnant woman,
maternal death can likely happen for women conceiving at a late age.
Since late age pregnancy can be a serious matter, it is important that you look for ways that will
reduce the risks associated with conceiving. A regular pre-natal checkup should be done with the
best obstetrician-gynecologist doctor so they can monitor the development of the child in your
womb. The doctors will also give you prescriptions for pre-natal vitamins such as folic acid and
calcium. These vitamins should be taken regularly so the necessary nutrients will be received by
the body. Also, you should take medicines that are safe for pregnant women to avoid possible
Even though theres a great temptation for unhealthy foods during pregnancy, you should avoid
eating them because it is essential to maintain a healthy weight. You dont want to be obese or
underweight during this stage of your life. Moreover, drinking alcohol and smoking is a big no for
pregnant people. Most birth defects are related to the negligence of mothers on this issue.
Pregnant women should also be not exposed to radiation so they are not allowed to undergo xrays.
Also, pregnant women should not come near to people having chicken pox and German measles.
Both can cause complications in the mother and unborn baby. Chicken pox can be dangerous if a
pregnant woman gets it on her second trimester. The baby can develop shingles and a varicella
infection. On the other hand, German measles can cause serious complications on the first 20
weeks of pregnancy. Unlike chicken pox, it can cause birth defects such as brain damage and
deafness. A miscarriage is one of the worst case scenarios that may happen with German