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What are the risks associated with pregnancy after the age of 35?
22 doctors weighed in

Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
16 doctors agree
In brief: Several
Difficulty getting pregnant, miscarriage, chromosomal abnormalities, undergrown baby, diabetes, preeclampsia (toxemia), cesarean delivery, uterine bleeding before/at delivery, etc.
These are more common after 40 than 35 some risks rise with age. Couples should consider these risks and costs and loss of income if problems arise. However, if spontaneous conception in healthy women, majority do well.

In brief: Several
Difficulty getting pregnant, miscarriage, chromosomal abnormalities, undergrown baby, diabetes, preeclampsia (toxemia), cesarean delivery, uterine bleeding before/at delivery, etc.
These are more common after 40 than 35 some risks rise with age. Couples should consider these risks and costs and loss of income if problems arise. However, if spontaneous conception in healthy women, majority do well.
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Dr. Chukwuma Onyeije
It's important to bear in mind the fact that while most pregnancy related complications increase with age; the absolute numbers are low. Also, in many cases, control of things like weight, blood pressure and diabetes before pregnancy can further reduce the risk of certain complications.
Dr. John Thoppil
Obstetrics & Gynecology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Risk goes with age
The risk of chromosome problems and spontaneous abortion go up with age.
However the risk is not as high as many fear. For example, a 35 year old has roughly a 1/200 chance of having a baby with a chromosome problem. It goes up every year from there. The risk of cesarean section, high blood pressure and gestational diabetes goes up also. However the most likely outcome is a heatlhy baby!

In brief: Risk goes with age
The risk of chromosome problems and spontaneous abortion go up with age.
However the risk is not as high as many fear. For example, a 35 year old has roughly a 1/200 chance of having a baby with a chromosome problem. It goes up every year from there. The risk of cesarean section, high blood pressure and gestational diabetes goes up also. However the most likely outcome is a heatlhy baby!
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Dr. Christopher Powers
Risk of chromosomal problems increases almost linearly from puberty on. At 35, it hits 1/200 or so.
Dr. Deirdre Lyell
The risk of not being able to get pregnant also increases with age, especially after 35-40.
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