The Perils of Delaying Motherhood

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 23, 2015

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Women who delay having children are at a ‘risk zone’ of problems. If you are thinking of delaying motherhood, you have to be a little more careful about the health issues that taking such a decision may cause.
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    Late Pregnancy

    Many women consider the 30s to be the right time for motherhood as they want to be secure in their career and relationship. Pregnancy at any age has advantages and disadvantages. However, there's a significant difference in the ability to get pregnant in your early 20s as opposed to in the 30s. Here is why 30s is considered late for getting pregnant.

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    Chances of Getting Pregnant

    There are many studies that suggest 35 years to be the milestone for women, after which fertility tends to lower. In your early 30s, the chances of getting pregnant are lower as compared with when you are in the 20s.

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    Risk of Miscarriage

    Miscarriage rates increase as women age. The cause of most miscarriages in late pregnancies is genetic as chromosomes may not replicate correctly.

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    Normal Pregnancy vs. C-Section

    There is a slight increase in caesarean rates for women in 30s as compared with those who get pregnant in 20s. The reasons for needing a caesarean section in late pregnancies are pregnancy problems such as foetal distress or prolonged second-stage labour.

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    Health Complications

    Medical conditions (thyroid conditions, diabetes and high blood pressure) that can place a woman and her pregnancy at great risk are high during late pregnancyand most of these health issues crop up in mid and late 30s. These conditions increase the risk of having premature delivery.

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    Risks for the Newborn

    Your baby is also at a greater health risk when you have a late pregnancy. The baby is prone to developing genetic abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome or a spinal cord defect after he or she is born.

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    Pre-term Birth, Stillbirth and Neonatal Mortality

    According to a report in the scientific journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, the risks of pre-term birth, stillbirth and neonatal mortality increase slightly with age, and tend to be a bit more in women who smoke and are overweight.

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    If You Decide to Delay Childbirth

    It is advised to understand the perils of delayed motherhood before you make the decision to have a baby. You must ensure that your hormone levels are within the healthy range. Check for diabetes and hypertension. Seek advice of the gynaecologist to do things in the right manner.


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