While conception after 35, considered being a ‘late age’, is not without risks, certain precautions, if taken, will result in healthy babies. What needs to be borne in mind is that once a woman is in her mid 30s, there will be a decrease in the number of eggs being released and also in the health of her eggs. So, in general, conception will take longer.
Having said this, below are some precautions that should be taken.
- Even before conception, have a thorough discussion with the doctor and get a complete check-up done. For example; blood tests for thyroid, update on vaccinations etc. In case if you do get any vaccine shots taken, then its best to wait for a month before trying to conceive.
- Sometimes genetic counselling is also advised to assess any genetic risk that might be present from your family.
- Get your dental check-up done before conception too. Healthy teeth and gums will help prevent the birth of a pre term baby or one with low birth weight.
- Prenatal care is very important. This involves undergoing various screenings and examinations like amniocentesis, chorionic villous sampling, serum screening tests, attending childbirth classes etc.
- The first eight weeks of pregnancy is the most crucial. And it becomes more so for a late pregnancy. Regular prenatal care will help your doctor to take necessary steps to help you through a safe pregnancy.
- Conceptions after 35 often cause preeclampsia. This is a condition that results in high blood pressure along with protein in the urine. With proper prenatal care your doctor will ask you to get your pressure checked regularly and also ask you to test your urine and blood glucose levels so that the problem can be treated at an early stage.