Pregnancy Over Age 35

Most women over age 35 have healthy, active pregnancies. But some pregnancy conditions are more common among these women. They have a slightly higher risk of developing high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and certain other conditions.

They also have an increased risk of placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta covers part or the entire opening of the cervix. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, however, these conditions can be safely managed.

Several of the tests you may be given or have already received are designed to rule out abnormalities more common among babies born to women over age 35, including Down syndrome. (See a detailed description of those tests.) The increased chance of these abnormalities as women age also increases the risk of miscarriage.

In spite of the slightly increased risk of certain complications, with good prenatal care and healthy choices the vast majority of “older” mothers and their babies do just fine. 

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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