What You Should Know About Pregnancy Over Age 35

Caution is the name of the game.

More women are waiting longer to start their families, and it’s becoming the norm to see expectant moms in their 30s and 40s. At the same time, you’ve probably heard a lot of conflicting and concerning information about pregnancy over 35. 


At North Atlanta Women’s Care, our care providers are committed to helping women of all ages enjoy healthy pregnancies and welcome their little ones into the world. We’re proud to offer exceptional preconception counseling and obstetric care to women in Cumming, Johns Creek, and Alpharetta, Georgia.  


Whether you’re trying to get pregnant or simply pondering the future, read on to learn what you should know about pregnancy over age 35.

Are pregnancies over 35 higher risk?

No pregnancy is risk-free, and a lot depends on the overall health of the mother. For example, a healthy 38-year-old woman may have a healthier pregnancy than an overweight 23-year-old woman with an unhealthy lifestyle. 


Some of the risks with advanced maternal age arise because the eggs you have now are the same eggs you had when you were born. Older eggs increase the risk of the abnormalities you may experience during pregnancy as an older mom.


Though each pregnancy is unique, there are some elevated risks with pregnancy over age 35. These include: 


What can I do to reduce my risks?

The most important steps you can take to reduce risks with pregnancy over 35 occur before you become pregnant. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of complications significantly, so if you aren’t at an ideal body weight, work toward it before getting pregnant. When pregnant, be sure to keep an eye on your weight gain. 


Other risk-mitigating factors include exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet during pregnancy, and working to eliminate or control any existing medical problems, including elevated blood pressure. Start taking a prenatal vitamin before you conceive, and avoid using substances like alcohol, drugs, and nicotine.

It’s important to remember one of the most essential steps you should take to keep your risks low is to seek out medical care and follow recommendations from your provider. Start with a preconception counseling appointment at North Atlanta Women’s Care. 


Although women over 35 do have a higher risk of experiencing problems during pregnancy, receiving prenatal care and giving birth in a facility prepared to care for higher-risk moms and babies significantly reduces that risk. 

How can I learn more about pregnancy over 35?

If you’re near age 35 or older, North Atlanta Women’s Care can help you prepare for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Discussing genetic testing with your obstetrician early in the process is especially important for moms 35 or older. 


By preparing with an experienced obstetrician, you’ll know better what to expect during pregnancy. Our team members are committed to helping you increase your likelihood of conception, enjoying a healthy pregnancy, and bringing a healthy baby into your family. 

More women over 35 than ever are delivering healthy, happy babies — North Atlanta Women’s Care can help you become one of them! To get started, contact one of our three Greater Atlanta offices, or request an appointment online now!

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