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Late Pregnancy: A Boon Or A Bane

Dec 5, 2007
Late pregnancy and older moms are increasing in number in recent years. It has become more common for women to concentrate on their careers and forget about their personal lives. When they finally get married and decide to have a baby, they find themselves classified as older moms. Women in their late 30s and early 40s are successfully getting pregnant and going on to have healthy pregnancies. There are some fears about getting pregnant at that age, but if the pregnancy is planned, under medical supervision and guidance, the chances for a normal and safe pregnancy are great.

Getting Pregnant Above 35 Years

Getting pregnant above 35 is not as risky as some make it out to be. Yes, there are certain risks, but even younger women contemplating pregnancy have certain risks and face numerous pregnancy complications.

Older women may have certain risks, such as giving birth to babies with genetic defects, having C sections and facing complications. such as hypertension and diabetes. It is however possible for those who have a late pregnancy to have a normal pregnancy, if they are under medical supervision.

It is essential for women to plan their late pregnancy and get their bodies ready. It is necessary to stay physically fit. Take up relaxing classes, such as yoga and meditation that will help you stay mentally healthy too. Make sure you eat a diet that is well balanced and nutritious. It is imperative to take supplements of folic acid and other vitamins and minerals. Folic acid is recommended, as it is said to greatly reduce the incidence of babies with birth defects. You need to make certain changes to your lifestyle, such as no smoking, drinking and abstain from drugs. Once you are planning a pregnancy, it is recommended to seek counseling from your physician before you take any over the counter medication. If you suspect you are pregnant, you may consider taking a home pregnancy test.

Some women diagnosed with late pregnancy are stunned, as they had not planned on getting pregnant so late in life. They become aware of their pregnancy due to the late pregnancy symptoms. These include sore breasts, nausea, missed period, morning sickness and a positive home pregnancy test.

If you find out you are pregnant, be sure to enjoy every moment of it. Have small regular meals that are packed with the nutrients that are necessary for the baby and you. Have regular check ups with your physician and stay physically fit, by doing exercises as recommended by your physician. Several infertility treatments are also available for those who have fears about being fertile.

If you are concerned, you can talk to your physician about tests such as Genetic amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling. The best tip is to stay healthy, have a positive attitude, and do your best to ensure a safe and uncomplicated late pregnancy.
About the Author
Late pregnancy can be a boon to many who wish to have a baby late in life and some may consider it a bane, when it happens accidentally and they are unprepared for it. Pregnancy tests are reliable ways to confirm, if you are pregnant, which can be positively confirmed if you have late pregnancy symptoms.
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