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

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: 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.
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In brief: 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.
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Dr. John Byron
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Genetic and medical

Older (greater than 35) are at increased risk of fetal complications related to the aging of the maternal eggs.
The risks increase with maternal age. Generally , pregnancy complications are related to the overall health of the mother. The likelyhood of acquired medical conditions also increase with age.

In brief: Genetic and medical

Older (greater than 35) are at increased risk of fetal complications related to the aging of the maternal eggs.
The risks increase with maternal age. Generally , pregnancy complications are related to the overall health of the mother. The likelyhood of acquired medical conditions also increase with age.
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Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Several

The risk of having a genetic abnormality increase as the maternal age increases.
The risk of age related diseases increase correspondingly, such as diabetes and chronic hypertension, with associated gestational hypertension.

In brief: Several

The risk of having a genetic abnormality increase as the maternal age increases.
The risk of age related diseases increase correspondingly, such as diabetes and chronic hypertension, with associated gestational hypertension.
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Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: These vary

It is very common to have children later in life.
Most pregnancies in women above the age of 30-35 are healthy. Some risks depend on whether or not it is a first child. Others that increase with age include increased risk for cesarean birth, medical complications like high blood pressure and diabetes, and increasing risk of chromosomal/genetic abnormalities.

In brief: These vary

It is very common to have children later in life.
Most pregnancies in women above the age of 30-35 are healthy. Some risks depend on whether or not it is a first child. Others that increase with age include increased risk for cesarean birth, medical complications like high blood pressure and diabetes, and increasing risk of chromosomal/genetic abnormalities.
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