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What are the pregnancy risks associated with being an older mom?

What are the pregnancy risks associated with being an older mom?

If >34 at delivery: There are risks for women who will be 35 at time of delivery; those odds rise with age: there are increased risks including difficulty conceiving, having a fetus with abnormal chromosomes, miscarrying (even if chromosomes are normal), developing diabetes or preeclampsia, bleeding, needing a cesarean birth, etc. But help is available, and midlife moms successfully have babies every day now. ...Read more

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Dr. Rebecca Gray
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Pregnancy Risk (Definition)

Many women have no problems with pregnancy other than the normal discomforts. Others, however, experience more serious complications that need immediate attention. You may hear your situation referred to as "high risk," and that simply means that if you had certain medical conditions before you were pregnant or had a complication during your pregnancy, you and your baby will be monitored more closely. It is extremely important that you stay in close contact with your doctor and call immediately if you experience any warning signs. Early diagnosis of a problem is important for your health ...Read more


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What is the pregnancy risk for a 47 year old?

What is the pregnancy risk for a 47 year old?

Maternal age: The risk of pregnancy is very low. Pregnancy can occur and you should use birth control if you do not desire to be pregnant. The oldest patient that I have delivered conceived spontaneously at 48 years of age. ...Read more

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I had to wait 2 days after my old bc pack ended to get on a new bc. But I had sex before I knew my insurance quit covering it. Pregnancy risk?

I had to wait 2 days after my old bc pack ended to get on a new bc.  But I had sex before I knew my insurance quit covering it. Pregnancy risk?

Sounds confusing...: Birth control pills work the same way regardless of who pays for them (insurance company pays or you pay). If missing the first 2 pills of a new pack, there is an increased chance (but still a very small chance) of pregnancy that month. If worried, and if the regular withdrawal period doesn't come, one can do a home urine pregnancy test when starting next month's pack of pills. ...Read more

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What are the pregnancy risks in a woman with spondylolisthesis?

What are the pregnancy risks in a woman with spondylolisthesis?

Low: Although spondylolisthesis was first discovered by an obstetrician and thought to interfere with pregnancy and delivery, it rarely prevents a woman from bearing and delivering a child. Back and leg pain during pregnancy are common, and may not be due to the spondylolisthesis. ...Read more

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Pregnancy risks associated with kidney problems?

Pregnancy risks associated with kidney problems?

Depends on severity: Risks are low if kidney fuction is reasonable & should be discussed with nephrologist & OB dr. Kidney infections/pyelonephritis are associated with pre-term labor so baby comes early & is small & may need nicu care but usually ok. High infant mortality associated with pregnancy for women on dialysis, < if dialysis started after onset of pregnancy.Risk after kidney transplant low if function good. ...Read more

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Im 43. What are the pregnancy risks?

Im 43. What are the pregnancy risks?

Variable: A thorough assessment of anyone's risks for pregnancy includes age, pre-pregnancy health & medications, and an assessment of the genetic input from both parents. A 43 yo has ~1/30 risk of a trisomy 21 down syndrome birth, added to a general 4% risk with any pregnancy for an unexpected event (cleft, premi, illness). A consultation with a genetic counselor could define your specific risks. ...Read more

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What are the pregnancy risks following a myomectomy surgery due to fibroids on top of the uterus or outside the uterus?

What are the pregnancy risks following a myomectomy surgery due to fibroids on top of the uterus or outside the uterus?

If the myoma is: out side of the uterus the risk is as same as women with normal uterus. If it is inside of the uterus the risk of becoming pregnant may decrease because implantation spaces decreases for the fertilized egg. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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How high is the pregnancy risk if he only penetrates me for under 30 seconds?

How high is the pregnancy risk if he only penetrates me for under 30 seconds?

Pregnancy risk: The risk of ejaculation can occur even within 30 seconds. Some sperm can even come out prior to the complete ejaculate. Emergency contraception can be used within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. You should consider long term birth control. ...Read more

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Could IUD sticking out cause a pregnancy risk?

Could IUD sticking out cause a pregnancy risk?

YES!: Women who get pregnant with iud in situ face high risk for adverse perinatal outcomes including miscarriage fetal loss preterm premature rupture of membranes preterm birth chorioamnionitis and resultant cerebral palsy. Your obstetrician will determine if the iud should be pulled in the first trimester or not on the basis of its location in relation to the gestational sac. ...Read more

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Is there any pregnancy risks for women with lupus?

Is there any pregnancy risks for women with  lupus?

Yes!: Most risks are maneable. It is difficult to get pregnant if you have active disease. Most women are quite with disease activity, before they get pregnant. However, there is a frequent flare in the last trimester, whicch usually subsides after parturition. You need to be screen for antiphospholipid antibodies if you become pregnant. Your rheumatologist and ob/gyn doctors can work in tandem. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more