There are a lot of reasons why people wait to start families, whether it’s taking time to build a career, looking for the right partner or just simple preference. But if you’re approaching age 35, it’s important to know what role that waiting might play in your pregnancy plans.
Terms like “advanced maternal age” and “geriatric pregnancy” sound rather dramatic, but as Doctor Kelsey Hvidsten points out, they don’t always mean much. “The management of pregnancies past age 35 generally includes a bit more monitoring,” she says, “But otherwise it’s the same as routine pregnancy care.”
During our conversation on the For Health’s Sake podcast, Doctor Hvidsten explained some of the main factors to be aware of when planning a later pregnancy. These include:
- How age affects fertility
- Age-related risk factors
- The role of prenatal screenings and tests
- Factors that can contribute to a healthy pregnancy
Plan for your pregnancy
Many women have healthy pregnancies in their 30s and 40s. Doctor Hvidsten recommends meeting with your care team to discuss your plans. Your primary care doctor, OB-GYN or other women’s health expert can help you plan for a healthy pregnancy, labor and postpartum.