Understanding Pregnancy Risks After Age 35

Women should monitor their reproductive health regardless of age. But for women over 35, they should monitor their reproductive health more closely.

To ensure that you are in your healthiest and best possible condition for a late pregnancy, follow these guidelines:

  • Take prenatal vitamins before getting pregnant. Make sure it has 400 micrograms of vitamin B folic acid to lower the risks of neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida – a condition where the tissue covering the baby’s spinal cord doesn’t close.
  • Make sure you get regular health care. Have a pregnancy check up if you’re planning to get pregnant.
  • Manage existing health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • If you are overweight, slim down. Overweight women are more likely to develop pregnancy complications.
  • Eat various nutritious foods consistently.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Be up-to-date on all immunizations.
  • Don’t drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Don’t use illicit substances.
  • Quit smoking before pregnancy.
  • Avoid or reduce stress.