If you’ve struggled to conceive and after so many years of patience you finally have a little angel on their way. You might need to take extra steps to take care of your and your child’s health since pregnancy above 30 can be pretty tricky.
A woman who is 35 or older is referred to as advanced maternal age because the pregnancy-related risks increase with age. Also, lifestyle, diet, and medical history can affect your pregnancy. After 35 years of age, the fetus is more prone to chromosomal issues due to the low quality of the egg which can even result in serious problems like miscarriage or giving birth to a child with a genetic disorder such as Down syndrome or trisomy of chromosome 21.
Improve your health – your health can play a major role in your pregnancy since your poor health means poor health of your child. To do so you can look fo several changes in your daily life like:
Improving lifestyle- you can improve your lifestyle by cutting down on drinking and smoking immediately. It is very necessary because smoking harms your reproductive system and increases the risk of miscarriage. Drinking also causes several alcohol-related syndromes in the baby
and affects their development.
Improving diet- you can avoid junk food and harmful fast foods. Taking a healthy and nutritious diet is very important for a healthy baby.
Do exercise- if you are in poor shape or obese you should consider starting exercising to improve both your and your baby’s health.
Since the chances of the baby acquiring a genetic defect are high after the age of 30 keep yourself updated but the topic and consider a counseling session with your genetic counselor.