An upsurge has been noticed in the couples, who are planning babies in their 30s. The likelihood of conceiving organically is extremely high before mid-30s. Post that, the quality of eggs begins to decline, and the success rate begins to fall-off. Complications increase and fertility decreases as we age. It’s just not as easy to get pregnant at 40 as it is at 30. However, complications do not happen with every mom-to-be. But it has always proved helpful to be alert and aware of the possible risks that can happen and their solutions.
RISKS INVOLVED IN ADVANCED MATERNAL AGE
Fertility issues: Fertility drops as you age. It’s not just a matter of women’s age, male fertility also declines but the late is lower than women. It is always suggested to seek expert advice before you plan your baby. If there are complications in your case, begin with the treatment as suggested by the doctor.
Chromosomal abnormalities: Babies of older mothers are at higher risk of chromosomal issues. These can cause a variety of birth defects. At 25, a woman’s chance of having a baby with Down syndrome is 1 in 1,250. By age 40, the risk is approximately 1 in 100.
Higher risk of miscarriage: With a decline in quality of eggs, high blood pressure or diabetes, there is higher chance of miscarriage. Gestational diabetes can contribute to premature birth, low birth weight and other complications. Consulting the doctor at regular intervals is must to catch issues early.
Increased chances of C-section delivery: When pregnancy complications increase, there is an increased risk of having a C-section.
Chance of Multiples: Due to hormonal changes, there is scope of multiples as some women may release more than one egg in each cycle.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR HEALTHY PREGNANCY?
If you are conscious of your health and are physically and mentally ready, you can embrace parenthood. People in modern times plan late pregnancies because they want to enjoy parenthood after they are financially settled and are psychologically prepared to give the best to their children. A bit of lifestyle change and a change in food habits can help you achieve your goals. It’s a good idea to stay fit and retain a healthy weight.
Pregnancy in your mid/late 30s: There is no evidence that women cannot conceive after their mid-30s. However, quality of eggs starts to decline, but there is always a scope of conception if you are in good health and positive frame of mind. It is not something that cannot happen at all. With advanced technology in medical field, a woman can conceive even in her middle age by using assisted reproductive technology (ART).
Follow healthy lifestyle: By following a healthy lifestyle, decline in fertility can be reduced. After the age of 35 years, be careful with your diet and health. Exercise regularly and eat good diet. Reduce the intake of sugar, caffeine. Avoid alcohol and quit smoking. Take adequate sleep and avoid stress.
Age is just a number when it comes to fertility in the modern age. However, sooner is always better. Understand the risks and abide by the suggestions given by your doctor. Each couple is unique when it comes to physical and mental health. Complications in pregnancy can strike at any age. It is possible to have a healthy pregnancy even at an advanced age.
There are a variety of options you can explore if you’re looking to grow your family. If you are careful and maintain a healthy lifestyle you can conceive successfully. Don’t let age get in the way.
The writer is founder, RISAA IVF.