Some women of today are delaying pregnancy until they are above 35 and beyond. The reasons are probably because they may have achieved what they want in their career and are now more financially stable. Improvement in fertility treatments have made it possible for women age 35 and above to get pregnant and have healthy pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies. However, these women should also be aware that they are also facing risks due to their age.
Such risks includes miscarriage, gestational diabetes, hypertension and also higher chances of having down syndrome babies, that is, a child with certain genetic disorders. These risks, however, can be reduced or eliminated if they are healthy before getting pregnant and have good pre-natal care and care for themselves and the baby during pregnancy. If there’s complications, it can be successfully treated. By staying in a good physical health, many of these possible problems can be avoided.
The older a woman gets, it becomes difficult and much slower to become pregnant because your body does not ovulate as often as when you are in your 20’s. If you are thinking of getting pregnant at age 35 or above, you should really get your body physically prepared. Do a medical check up to ensure that you are physically healthy. Maintaining at an ideal weight is vital because being either overweight or underweight can cause complications to both the mother and baby during the pregnancy.
A healthy diet is crucial to a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. It can help correct hormone imbalances that may affect your ability to conceive. It is also vital for you to add in 400mcg of folic acid in your daily supplements to prevent birth defects. Make some sacrifices; stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol and caffeine. Even passive smoking is harmful to you and the baby.
Since older women do not ovulate as often as when they were younger, it is important to know when your fertile days are because sexual intercourse during this time increases your chances of getting pregnant. And also knowing the best position during intercourse helps in faster and effective conception. The best position for effective conception is with the man on top, known as the ‘missionary’ position.