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Pregnancy at 30

Pregnancy at 30

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Becoming pregnant in your thirties carries more risks than it does in your earlier years, but it is still an optimal time to have a child. Many women today choose to focus on their education and careers in their twenties, and don't become pregnant until they have spent many years in the workforce. Since many women are also choosing to marry at a later age, it is becoming increasingly common to hear about pregnancies well into the forties and even fifties!

Today, it's easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle with an abundance of natural and organic foods, vitamins and access to health information. This makes pregnancy at 30 relatively healthy for most women. Your lifestyle is an important consideration. If you smoke, having a baby in your thirties increases risks during your pregnancy.

Other factors such as diet, alcohol consumption and medical history need to be considered as well. Your doctor will ask you many detailed questions about your past medical history, including previous pregnancies. If you've experienced certain medical problems or difficulties in past pregnancies, your risk for developing these same conditions again are higher.

After the age of 35, your risk of having a child with genetic abnormalities increases substantially. Your risk of having a baby with Downs Syndrome is about one in 200, about seven times more likely than that of a woman in her twenties.

If you become pregnant in your thirties, your doctor will advise you to get prenatal genetic testing done. An amniocentesis is one such test where a long, thin needle is inserted into the amniotic fluid, where a sample is taken. This test will pick up abnormalities such as Downs Syndrome, spina bifida and Huntington's disease.

If there are genetic abnormalities, there is no telling how serious they will be, or what type of medical intervention they will require. It is up to the parents to decide if they want to terminate the pregnancy or continue with what they know. There is also a small risk of miscarriage with prenatal genetic testing, and your doctor can inform you of the risks and benefits of these tests.

If all these tests come back normal, the woman is treated very much the same as any other pregnant woman. She will continue to see her doctor as often as a woman in her twenties would, and no special treatment is given. While there are some increased health risks with carrying a baby in your thirties, with a healthy lifestyle and good medical support, women most often have babies that are born with no problems whatsoever.

 


 
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