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Today women have a tendency to delay motherhoodIt is not because their biological clock has been delayed, but because other factors such as professional life, having a home, having a stable job, a partner… have more weight on the scale.
However, we know that It is not the same to be a mother at 25 than at 40. Every age has its positives and negatives. From a health point of view, after 35 years of age, a pregnant woman is considered 'old', in that the risks of suffering from certain diseases such as gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia increase ... But let's analyze the pros and cons of each age group.
Advantage: Today, women over the age of 30 who have postponed childbearing are generally in excellent health, so they can expect to have healthy pregnancies
Disadvantages: From the age of 30, there is a gradual reduction in fertility, so that the couple could take longer to conceive, or face some infertility problems. This is precisely the age group in which women most undergo fertility treatments.
Advantage: 35-year-old women are likely to lead healthier lifestyles, better understand their body's needs, and take better care of themselves when it comes to fitness and nutrition.
Studies have shown that women at this age have a more positive image of their body and that they more easily tolerate typical pregnancy symptoms, such as heartburn or increased urinary frequency.
Fetal wellness- All studies agree that the end result for the baby is as favorable as for those born to young mothers, as shown by Apgar scores, which assess the well-being of the baby immediately after delivery, and other tests and checkups that are done during childhood.
Disadvantages: After age 35, fertility drops dramatically (about 50% of the chances of a 20-year-old woman). Not only is the number of eggs affected, but their quality is also more likely to have fetuses with chromosomal alterations.
Risks in childbirth: Women 35 years of age and older are more likely to have an induced labor, a diagnosis of fetal distress, epidural anesthesia, or a forceps or cupping delivery, and virtually all studies agree that the birth rate per cesarean section grows with increasing age. However, this increase does not appear to be related to any specific problem.
Advantage: They tend to be more careful with diet, physical conditioning.
Disadvantages: The possibility of getting pregnant is markedly reduced (approximately 10% of the possibilities of a 20-year-old woman), the probability of having children with chromosomal alterations (Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome ...) considerably increases.
At an older age they are more likely to have developed certain diseases, such as diabetes, some problems related to hypertension, or uterine fibroids, which can affect pregnancy and the delivery of the baby. Studies on the effect of maternal age on pregnancy and birth also indicate a increased frequency of complications during pregnancy, such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, bleeding during the third trimester, and low placement of the placenta.
Risks to the baby: Inexplicably, a higher number of babies die before birth, at the end of pregnancy, in this group of women (1 in 440 pregnancies of women 35 years and older, versus 1 in 1,000 pregnancies of younger women). For this reason, doctors tend to monitor pregnant mothers who are over 35 years of age more during the last weeks of pregnancy.
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