If you are reading this, it is probably because you think you can not become a mother after the age of 35. That is certainly not true! The majority of women who have children at this age experience completely normal pregnancies. There are, of course, some precautions, but there is nothing to worry about.
The age and maturity you want when it’s time to raise your child has a big impact on their development and childhood. Many women decide to become new mothers at older ages. Although the biological ideal age is around 25 years, the lifestyle of the modern woman has pushed motherhood back in recent years.
Although being pregnant after age 35 can be more challenging and related to higher risk during childbirth, regular check-ups by doctors will help you have a healthy pregnancy.
In the meantime, there are many benefits to being a mother after the age of 35. For example, you are more likely to have reached a financially stable position that will make you feel happier during pregnancy.
What you should know about being a mother after the age of 35
At 35, you probably have a healthier lifestyle where you better understand what your body needs. In addition, you understand the importance of preparing your body to carry a small life inside it for 9 months. Therefore, you will take the physical preparations and nutrition that you should follow during pregnancy more seriously.
Various studies have shown that women at this age tolerate the symptoms of pregnancy better, such as heartburn, the frequent need to go to the toilet and morning sickness.
However, you should know that after 35 years, fertility is significantly reduced. In fact, as much as approx. 50% less than when you were 20. The amount of eggs is not the only thing that is affected. You also have a higher chance of getting a fetus with changes in their chromosomes.
Women over 35 have a higher chance of having the following complications during childbirth:
- Need for epidural anesthesia
- Need for an induced birth
- Diagnosis of obstetrics
- Use of ropes or suction cups for childbirth
- Need for a cesarean section
Keep medical considerations in mind
Women older than 35 are less fertile and therefore it can be a difficult for you to get pregnant. However, you always have the opportunity to consult your doctor’s methods to help you get pregnant.
Being a mother after the age of 35 can lead to various complications during pregnancy, for example:
- High blood pressure
- Premature birth
- Problems present in the placenta
- Gestational diabetes
- Kidney stones and kidneys
- Higher chance of stillbirth
In addition, women over 35 have chronic health problems more often than young women. Therefore, if you suffer from a chronic illness or are taking long-term medication, it is important that you consult your doctor for advice or to change the medication.
Similarly, older pregnant women are more likely to have a birth with complications. If you are 35 years or older, you are more likely to need a caesarean section. Remember that when planning a caesarean section, your doctor may control many of the risk factors that may affect you or your baby.
Stay young to have a baby
Who says you’re too old to be a mother?
Pregnancy is a time you should enjoy. Having and raising a child is one of the most joyful experiences you will have. Do not let that society say limit your desires to be a mother.
Your more than three decades of life have made you a mature woman with a lot of experience, who faces every challenge you may encounter in motherhood. In addition, you still have enough energy to take care of and raise your baby. It is important that you meet your personal goals before you have children. This way you have more time for your children.
Enjoy your future motherhood if all is well with your health
Although the risk of being a mother after the age of 35 can scare you, medical prevention is the key to a risk-free pregnancy. As long as you follow your doctors’ recommendations and go to your regular medical checkups, you have nothing to worry about.
First, it is important to go to preparatory counseling. This will ensure that you are healthy before you become pregnant. During this check-up, it is important to talk to your doctor about:
- Your family’s medical history
- The medical history of your partner’s family
- Vaccinations you do not have
- Medications you take
- Medications your partner is taking
- Health problems that you have or have had
- Health problems that your partner has or has had
With this information , your doctor can detect hereditary medical problems that may affect the fetus and give you better treatment to eliminate them. In addition, if you are taking medication for congenital diseases, your doctor may switch it to something that is safer for pregnancy.
Adoption is a good option
As we have mentioned, at the age of 35 you are not as fertile as before. But if you really want to be a mother, consider the possibility of adopting a child. Adoption consists of giving children to a family that wants one.
The desire to be a mother should be your main motivation when it’s time to adopt. Do not let your emotions overwhelm you. Adoption is a decision you should make with your partner.
Although getting older can be a barrier to getting pregnant, it is possible to be a mother after 35 years and have a healthy baby. It is important that you do not skip any checks and that you are very careful with your doctor’s recommendations.
Remember to follow a balanced diet. Avoid refined sugar and reduce your fat intake. Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and foods rich in fiber. Although it sounds more complicated than it is, do everything you can to prevent stress. Do some exercises like yoga to relax. Anxiety can be a cause of female infertility.
In addition, if you do not become a mother after the age of 35, do not get depressed. Talk to your partner about the possibility of considering other medical methods, including adoption.