Age is just a number if you plan on getting pregnant after 35. Our experts tell you how you can carry a pregnancy successfully in your late 30's
Health is a defining parameter for most women who are planning a pregnancy after the 35-year mark. Take for instance Mumbai-based Pratibha Kaushal (name changed). An engineer by profession and health-junkie by choice, Kaushal was able to successfully carry a pregnancy last year at the age of 37.
“It wasn’t a feat, as is made for women my age. I kept myself fit and worked on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That’s really all you need to deliver a healthy baby in a mature pregnancy,” quips Kaushal.
What is a mature pregnancy?
When a woman gets pregnant after the age of 35 or above, the pregnancy is called a mature pregnancy. Some studies suggest that by this age, women face the risk of serious complications that makes pregnancy a high-risk pursuit. The risk maybe more pronounced in older first-time mothers.
However, this is no longer the case.
Dr Nupur Gupta, gynaecologist and director, Well Women Clinic, Gurgaon, spoke to theIndusparent.com to explain. “Although age is important factor for getting pregnant, it loses steam if a woman follows a healthy diet, regularly exercises and maintains a healthy lifestyle after 35-years of age. Such women can carry the pregnancy successfully,” she says.
Dr Malpani, medical director, Malpani Infertility Clinic, Mumbai agrees. “Yes, women are deferring childbearing because now there are many options that technology provides that can help you carry pregnancies in the later stages of their lives,” he says.
Both experts, however, concur that getting pregnant after 35 also means being ready to face the risks that age brings with it.
Continue reading to know about the risks of getting pregnant after 35