Pregnancy after 35> Pregnancy is a beautiful experience that comes with its own set of challenges, regardless of age. However, for women planning for pregnancy after 35, some additional potential risks and challenges need to be considered. It’s important to note that many women who have come through the FPI’s doors have gone on to have healthy full-term pregnancies and babies after 40, even. In this post, I’ll explain what to expect, the potential risks, and how to take proactive steps toward a healthy pregnancy and baby after 35.
As someone who became pregnant and had all 3 of my healthy super babies at age 35 and after, I understand the concerns and uncertainties that come with it. I shared this post today to help you navigate this exciting and sometimes challenging path to having a healthy pregnancy after 35. The information on and around the topic of pregnancy is vast, and it’s crucial to sift through it for what is accurate, right, and relevant to your fertility. Let’s dig in.
Pregnancy After 35: What Are My Chances?
Many women today opt to have children later in life and plan for pregnancy after 35. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the birth rate for women aged 35 to 39 has increased by over 50% since 1990 (Hamilton et al., 2021). The term “advanced maternal age” is often used to describe women who become pregnant after age 35. While this label may seem intimidating, it is important to remember that it does not mean the end of your fertility. However, it is also crucial to be aware of the potential risks and challenges of fertility and pregnancy after 35.
One of the biggest concerns for women planning for pregnancy after 35 is the increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome (Akhtar & Bokhari, 2019). This risk increases as you get older and more profound as you approach 40. Another concern for women in this age group is the increased risk of pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and preterm birth, attributed to changes in the reproductive system and a higher incidence of underlying health conditions. Understanding the risks helps you become aware of any issues early on so you can seek the appropriate help.
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Risks Of Pregnancy After 35
As I mentioned earlier, some additional risks and challenges come with pregnancy after this age. These risks, though common, are not definite and can be avoided, Mama. Your body and fertility are unique, and so is your body’s timing. It’s important to be aware of these age-related risks so that you and your partner or donor can take corrective and preventative measures early on for improved fertility outcomes. Let’s look at some of the common risks and challenges of pregnancy after 35.
Risk Of Down Syndrome Over 35
As I touched on earlier, one of the most prominent fears women have about getting pregnant at an older age is Down syndrome. This risk increases as you get older, and at age 35, the risk is approximately 1 in 250, which rises to 1 in 100 by age 40 (National Down Syndrome Society, 2022). Down syndrome is a genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra chromosome, affecting about 1 in 700 babies born in the United States (CDC, 2019). There are scientifically proven methods to help restore and rejuvenate your fertility to help you protect your baby from chromosomal abnormalities before they’re even conceived.
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Over Age Pregnancy
Women who become pregnant after 35 are at an increased risk of pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and preterm birth. In fact, studies have shown that women over 35 have a higher likelihood of experiencing these complications compared to younger mothers (Lampinen et al., 2009). These risks are attributed to changes in the reproductive system and the higher incidence of underlying health conditions that can make pregnancy more challenging for older women.
Birth Risks After 35
Getting pregnant at 35 or older also increases the risk of delivering via cesarean section (C-section)(Rydahl et al., 2019). This elevated risk can be attributed to various factors, including a higher likelihood of encountering pregnancy complications and a greater incidence of fetal distress. As you get older, your reproductive system undergoes natural changes that can lead to conditions such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and placenta previa, which may necessitate a C-section to ensure your and your baby’s well-being.
Additionally, the aging of reproductive organs can contribute to a decline in uterine muscle tone and an increased prevalence of structural abnormalities, further increasing the likelihood of a C-section delivery for older pregnant women.
Tips For Getting Pregnant Over 35
While some additional risks and challenges that come with pregnancy after 35, there are also many things women can do to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Your fate is only sealed if you allow your fears to stand in the way of you and your dreams, Mama. The world of science and research has discovered and proven several ways to boost your fertility health for better outcomes. Here are some tips you can start implementing for a healthy pregnancy after 35.
Speak To Your Fertility Specialist Early: One of the most important things you can do for a healthy pregnancy after 35 is to get in touch with your fertility care provider early on. Establishing regular check-ups with your fertility specialist is crucial and will ensure that both you and your baby are well cared for throughout the pregnancy. They will be able to give you sound and accurate advice on how to face your particular situation and the steps you can take toward achieving your fertility goals.
If you’re in need of an experienced fertility specialist, look no further because you’re in the best place, Mama. Consult with your FPI Team today and unlock a world of fertility care and resources.
Stay Active and Eat a Balanced Diet: Getting exercise and maintaining a balanced fertility diet is vital for all pregnant women, especially those who become pregnant after 35 (Marshall et al., 2021). Regular physical activity (at least 30 minutes as many days of the week as possible) helps maintain a healthy weight, improves circulation, boosts mood, and prepares your body for labor. Walking, gentle yoga, pilates, and swimming are good, low-impact exercises that are easy on your joints.
They can improve circulation, flexibility, and core strength. Each meal you eat should include leafy green veggies, plenty of good fats, and a moderate amount of protein. Avoid processed foods, refined sugars, sodas, juices, deli meats, and any unpasteurized foods. Not only do many of these foods have low nutritional value, but they may also negatively impact your fertility. Proper nutrition supports the growth and development of your baby while providing you with essential nutrients. With the Primemester Protocol, you can take the guesswork out of knowing exactly what to eat and avoid for the best fertility outcomes and more.
Taking Prenatal Vitamins and Supplements: The nutrients found in prenatal vitamins and supplements are essential if you are trying to conceive, especially if you’re between 35 – 40. These supplements help fill the nutritional gaps of our modern diet and ensure that you and your baby receive adequate amounts of vital nutrients like vitamin B9, iron, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids. As you get older, the necessity for these nutrients increases because of our bodies’ natural deterioration.
Our range of Superbaby Nutraceuticals is designed to prime you with the essential nutrients you need to first optimize and correct your nutritional status, then help you improve your reproductive function and boost your fertility. These supplements are incredible for both you and your partner or donor for improved fertility.
Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is crucial during pre-conception and pregnancy, regardless of age. Adequate hydration supports healthy blood circulation, helps prevent constipation, aids in digestion, and helps maintain amniotic fluid levels. Aim to drink at least eight cups (64 ounces) of water daily, and adjust your intake based on activity level and climate. If you are searching for a step-by-step, self-guided solution and answer to all your fertility and pregnancy issues and questions, the Primemester Protocol truly is all this and so much more.
Manage Stress: Pregnancy can be stressful, especially for women over 35 who may have additional concerns. Your psychological and reproductive health link is more significant than you think, Mama. Building a healthy fertility mindset to manage stress and promote a healthy pregnancy is important. Explore relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, prenatal yoga, or seeking support from a therapist or support group. Do (healthy) things that bring you joy and help you unwind.
A good way to manage stress is through sharing and communicating your feelings in a safe space so you can start releasing that stress and recovering from it. Our FPI Village is the perfect place to do just this. Surround yourself with like-minded Mamas who’ve walked a similar path and can relate to your experience.
Prioritize Sleep: Quality sleep is crucial during pregnancy as it promotes overall well-being and supports pregnancy’s physical and emotional demands. It helps your body regulate your hormones and metabolism and dramatically reduces stress. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night and establish a relaxing bedtime routine. Use pillows or support devices to find a comfortable sleep position that alleviates any discomfort. Remember, with the Primemester Protocol, you can get a more detailed breakdown of each and every aspect you need to know about securing your healthiest fertility outcomes and baby.
Educate Yourself: Take the time to educate yourself about pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care. The Fertility & Pregnancy Institute is your all-inclusive fertility resource. We constantly share accurate and science-based information about fertility, pregnancy, and infertility. We care about supporting you wholistically and giving you the proper foundations to take control of your fertility. Knowledge empowers you to make informed decisions and feel more confident and in charge throughout your fertility and pregnancy journey.
Communicate With Your Fertility Specialist: Open and honest communication with your fertility specialist is essential throughout your pregnancy. Share any concerns or questions you may have and actively participate in your prenatal care. Discuss your medical history, any existing health conditions, and medications you are taking to ensure they are safe during pregnancy. Your FPI Team is here to be your ally in ensuring a healthy primemester, pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. Consult with us today for the best fertility care for your path.
Connect With Supportive Networks: Seek support from family, friends, and other women who have experienced pregnancy after 35. Joining support groups or online communities can provide camaraderie and the opportunity to share experiences, ask questions, and gain valuable insights. Surrounding yourself with a supportive network can help alleviate any anxieties and provide emotional support. The Art & Science Of Getting Pregnant Facebook Group has become a home for many Mamas looking for answers and support in similar situations to yours. Our doors are open, and we’re ready to welcome you with open arms, Mama.
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Prioritize self-care during this time, Mama. Take time for healthy activities that bring you peace and rest, such as reading, taking baths, practicing mindfulness, or engaging in fulfilling hobbies. Pamper yourself with gentle exercises, massages, or prenatal yoga. Caring for your emotional well-being is just as important as caring for your physical health when it comes to fertility, especially over 35. Our minds need to be in a state of rest and repair in order for our bodies to start prioritizing reproductive function. Self-care is an incredible and completely free way to help your body and mind escape a state of trauma, stress, and emergency.
To help you on this path, I’ve created a checklist to help you keep track of what you can implement in your daily routine to help improve your fertility outcomes as you get older.
Increasing Chances Of Pregnancy After 35.
Becoming pregnant after the age of 35 can come with its own set of challenges and uncertainties. However, with proper prenatal care, prenatal supplements, and healthy lifestyle choices, women can have healthy pregnancies and babies after this age and well into their 40s. By understanding the risks and challenges and taking steps to mitigate them, women can increase their chances of having a healthy and successful pregnancy after 35.
So, if you are an older woman or thinking about getting pregnant at 35 vs. 40, know there are steps you can take today to help secure a healthy pregnancy and baby. Remember, Beloved Mama, you can always consult your experienced FPI Team about any concerns you may have, and we’ll work together with you to set you up for a healthy pregnancy, postpartum, and beautiful superbaby after 35. Take this step in your journey knowing that you’ll be well taken care of throughout your fertility experience and well into motherhood and beyond. Give your little one the best head start to life possible today.
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A: Yes, it is absolutely possible to have a healthy pregnancy and baby after the age of 35. Remember, there are some considerations and precautions that need to be taken into account. Our bodies are unique, and fertility is hardly ever a one-size-fits-all. Speak to your FPI specialist to start working out what’s best for your body and needs.
A: The risks associated with pregnancy after 35 include a higher chance of developing gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, chromosomal abnormalities (such as Down syndrome), and preterm birth. Through proper care and the best supplementation, these risks can be reduced.
A: To increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy after 35, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, take prenatal vitamins, avoid smoking and alcohol, reduce stress, and attend regular prenatal check-ups.
A: Yes, it is recommended to consult with your fertility specialist before getting pregnant after the age of 35. They can assess your overall health, provide guidance on preconception planning, and offer necessary screenings, tests, and support. Consult with us today for the best services in fertility care and guidance.
A: Yes, there are certain tests and screenings that are typically recommended for women over 35 during pregnancy, such as prenatal genetic testing, including amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS), to assess the risk of chromosomal abnormalities. Our PrimeDNA is a highly specialized service designed to help you tailor your genetics to work in your favor for the best fertility outcomes possible. Learn how you can mold your genetic expression with PrimeDNA.
A: Yes, many women over the age of 35 can still have a healthy vaginal birth. However, the mode of delivery will depend on various factors, including your health, any underlying conditions, the health of your baby, and any potential complications that may arise during pregnancy.
A: Yes, gentle exercise can be safe and beneficial during pregnancy after 35. However, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider to determine what types and intensity of exercise are suitable for you. Learn the A to Zs of getting and staying pregnant even after 35 through the Primemester Protocol.
A: It is important to follow a balanced and nutritious diet during pregnancy after 35. Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. It may also be necessary to take additional supplements, such as vitamin B9 and iron, as recommended by your fertility specialist. You can learn more about building a healthy fertility diet and the essential fertility nutrients from our library of science-based resources.
A: Managing stress is important during pregnancy at any age. Some tips for managing stress include practicing relaxation techniques (such as deep breathing or prenatal yoga), seeking support from loved ones, engaging in gentle exercise, and taking time for self-care. I wrote an in-depth blog post about stress management that you can read over here.
Q: Are there any additional resources or support groups available for women having a healthy pregnancy after 35?
A: Yes, there are various resources and support groups available for women having a healthy pregnancy after 35. The Art & Science Of Getting Pregnant Facebook Group is a family of unwavering support for Mamas who have been searching for answers, just like you. Join a community of Mamas who can relate to you and are ready to cheer you on through this path.
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