Forty and Pregnant?!

So, what are the issues? It may have been much harder to achieve pregnancy at this age- which is why it is raining twins- many pregnancies after “a certain age” occur with the help of in vitro fertilization (IVF),  often resulting in more than one baby. After 40, chromosomal malformations are higher, increasing the odds for downs syndrome and possibly autism.

Additionally, the pregnancy risks increase, including: gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, placental abruption, placenta previa and premature delivery.

Do not be dismayed or discouraged- it is possible to deliver a healthy baby/babies into the world at an “advanced” maternal age. It does, however, require more testing, ultrasounds and prenatal care with an Obstetrician who has high – risk experience.

Sarah McMoyler RN

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Labor & Delivery nurse, childbirth educator, author, mom of two, and triathlete!

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