Are you having a baby in your 30’s?
So it seems are a lot of other women. As of 2016, women in their thirties are now having more babies than their younger counterparts. That’s according to the latest statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control.
For many women, having a baby in their thirties usually marks a time in their life when they’re more settled financially, emotionally and professionally. However, pregnancy at this time still comes with a few challenges. Here are the top four things you should know about pregnancy in your 30’s.
1. Fertility over time
Fertility is one of those topics that on a day to day basis we don’t pay much attention to. However, over time it’s a thought that starts to creep up more and more often. Research suggests that a woman’s fertility starts to decline in her early thirties. And this decline accelerates around the age of 35.
So while there is no rush to have a baby as soon as the thirties hit, it is best to keep in mind that timing does matter. If the decision has been made with a partner to have children in the near future, then a little bit of planning and foresight should go into deciding exactly when to start trying.
2. Some health concerns for older mothers
you might be wondering if there are any special health concerns that women in their thirties should pay attention to when considering pregnancy at this age. The short answer is ‘No’ but there are some issues that tend to affect older moms at a slightly higher rate.
For example, research shows that older moms are at an increased risk for developing certain conditions like:
- Gestational diabetes (this is diabetes that develops in the later stages of pregnancy)
- A higher number of cesarean sections
- Developing a high blood pressure while pregnant
All of these factors are experienced in greater numbers by older moms. However it is important to remember that every single pregnancy is unique. Your own personal health, medical history and biology will guide your own set of circumstances.
So although there is an increased risk of certain medical conditions that face older moms, this is a general risk that applies to the entire female population. Your own pregnancy will be unique to you.
3. The good news
Apart from the other advantages of having a baby later in life, another bit of good news is that you’re much more likely to have twins. The odds of having twins or triplets also increases as women get older. And the use of fertility treatments also increases this chance.
4. Things you can do to give yourself the best chance of a successful pregnancy
Here are a few steps you can take to help ensure that you have the most successful pregnancy possible:
- Once you’re ready to start trying to conceive be sure to setup a pre-pregnancy checkup with your doctor. This appointment is a great opportunity for you to sit down with your doctor, ask questions and undergo a general health check-up.
- Mind your weight: Maintaining a healthy BMI will increase your chances of conceiving. The best way to achieve your ideal weight is by eating a healthy balanced diet and exercising on a regular basis.
- Once pregnant, be sure to keep up with all of your regular prenatal care.
- If you have any concerns about your fertility or if any genetic problems that run in your family, speak to your doctor about them.
Remember, the overwhelming majority of women in their thirties will go on to have safe and successful pregnancies. However, a pre-pregnancy checkup and regular prenatal care will go a long way towards helping achieve that goal.
CNBC. Women in 30s now having more babies than younger moms in US. MAY 17 2017
University of Rochester Medical Center. Pregnancy over age 30. Medical review: Burd, Irina, MD, PhD