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Getting pregnant later in life;can that be?

by Kimberly Schoobaar on December 26, 2020

Getting pregnant is a big decision. Especially at a later age. Can I do it? Am I not too old? These kinds of questions are very normal and human.

What exactly does it mean in later life?

If you are 35 years of age or older, you officially fall below the 'later age'. This means that pregnancy can cause complications. Yes. It sounds very scary, but it doesn't have to be. It is not guaranteed that the complications will occur in your pregnancy.

Risks of later pregnancy

There are indeed some more risks if you become pregnant at a later age. But that doesn't mean it happens in your pregnancy. Here are the risks in a row;

  • Miscarriage. Due to the reduced quality of the eggs, the risk of miscarriage is higher.
  • Gestational diabetes. In later life, you are more likely to experience higher blood pressure, which increases the risk of diabetes.
  • Twins. The lower hormone production by the ovaries increases the risk of double ovulation.
  • Medical complications.

Benefits of becoming pregnant at a later age

Of course, there are also benefits to having a baby when you are a bit older. Here you have them in a row;

  • More financially stable. Often when you're a little younger, you're not financially stable enough to care for a child. When you're a little older, you're often more solid.
  • Less insecure. When you're a little older, you've been through a little bit more. As a result, you are often less insecure about parenting. For example, you'll also see how your friends raise their children.
  • Research has shown that women at a later age feel better during pregnancy.

When you're ready

Whether you're 25 or 40, there's no rush. Really don't do it until you're ready. And yes, of course you have to take into account the risks, but it is still your choice.