Pregnancy after 40, is a high-risk pregnancy?

Most babies born to pregnancies after age 40 are born healthy. However, it is inevitable that the risks during pregnancy increase with age, due in part to the deterioration of the general health of the mother, the decrease in the quantity and quality of eggs, and changes in reproductive health women starting from 35 years.

These are some of the difficulties you may face in a high-risk pregnancy

Fertility problems. The first hurdle for women is 40 years conception. From that age, your fertility goes down by 50%, because you get fewer eggs and most of them are not feasible or are defective. And to further complicate things, male fertility also starts to decline after 30 years. The general recommendation is to try to get pregnant on your own first, and after six months if you do not succeed, consult a fertility specialist to discuss the necessary tests, treatments and options.

Early loss. Once pregnant, you run a greater risk of having an early loss (before the end of the third month of pregnancy). These are the percentages by March of Dimes

Congenital anomalies. Chromosomal defects are more common with increasing age of the mother. ovules defective or problems in cell division can lead to congenital abnormalities.

Down sindrome. Older mothers 35 years are also at high risk of conceiving a baby with Down syndrome. According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, one of every 1,250 babies are born with Down syndrome if pregnancy occurs at 25 years, thereafter the chances increase

Risk of complications during pregnancy. Your age puts you at risk of complications or diseases such as

Risk for chronic diseases. Over the years, your general health also deteriorates. Thanks to prenatal care can be discovered chronic diseases that also affect pregnancy, such as diabetes, pressure problems, heart problems, kidney disease, and uterine fibroids, among others. If you know you suffer from these or other conditions, consĂșltale doctor about getting pregnant before necessary care.

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