What Are The Risks Of Having A Baby After Age 35?
You asked a really good question. You want to know what complications exist, if any, to a mother who’s having a child over the age of 35. And the short answer to that question is that basically your chances are 2-3 times higher in developing complications during pregnancy. Specific complications that you might develop are hypertension and gestational diabetes. Those are the 2 big ones. But other complications exist for women who are having children in later years. For example, ectopic pregnancy rates are higher, it can be a little bit harder to get pregnant, and for women who get pregnant, the rate of spontaneous miscarriage is higher. There’s also greater risk to the baby. For example, congenital anomalies and other defects are higher in women who have babies over the age of 35, babies are born at a lower birthweight, and actually, maternal and infant mortality rates are higher after the age of 35.
There are many different theories surrounding why the incidents of complication is higher. If you are thinking about having a child, and you are over the age of 35, for sure consult with your doctor first, and they can make sure you’re as healthy as possible going into the pregnancy to reduce the number of complications that you might develop. Good luck with everything, and if you have any other questions for me in the future, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at and recommend us to your friends and family too.