Risks of Pregnancy over The Age of 30 – Dr. Sireesha Reddy

On April 25, 2019 | All

If you are someone in your 30s and planning to have a baby, it is quite normal to be bombarded upon by the questions from the society like- Why so late? Will there be an issue during or after the delivery? Why is career more important than family? All these questions are enough to spin your head.

A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control information shows that the birth rate for women in their 30 to 34 (age group) has increased from 101.5/1000 in 2015 to 102.6/1000 in 2016 whereas the birth rates for women in the 25 to 29 age bracket has fallen from 104.3/1000 in 2015 to 101.9/1000 in 2016. This shows that you can definitely give birth to a normal healthy child in your 30s, but when you are in your 30s you need to be extra careful during your pregnancy since older mothers may be at a higher risk for certain things like Miscarriage, Birth defects, Twins, High blood pressure, Gestational diabetes, Difficult labor, etc.

What are the Risks related to Pregnancy after the Age of 30?

Well, pregnancy is a roller coaster ride especially if you plan a late pregnancy. There can be certain tough situations you have to deal with, some of the common pregnancy complications after 30 include:

  1. Miscarriage

With the gradual climb of the mother’s age climbs the risk of miscarriage in women from 8.9 percent (for women of the age group 20 to 24 years) to 74.7 percent (for women aged 35 years or above). The declining quality of the woman’s eggs in the ovaries is said to be responsible for this.

  1. Genetic Defects

A genetic or chromosomal problem increases with the mother’s age. For example, a study showed that the risk of giving birth to a baby with Down syndrome is about 1 in 1,250 for women who conceive at the age of 25 which increases over time to about 1 in 100 for women who conceive at or over the age of 35. Therefore, Genetic screenings may be offered during the prenatal care appointments especially if the woman is 35 or older.

  1. Twin Pregnancy

As the woman ages, the chances of conceiving twins increase. This is caused by the fluctuating hormones in the woman’s body as she ages or by the rise in the use of fertility treatments.

  1. Difficult Labor

One of the most common pregnancy complications in the 30s is the sustained labor pain due to problems like:

  • Inadequately opening cervix
  • Weak uterine contractions which are not enough to get the baby out
  • The baby movements that are not right

All these situations may warrant a C-section and the woman cannot go for a natural birth.

  1. Other Pregnancy Complications

Pregnancy after 30 may put you at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure and/or gestational diabetes during pregnancy which can cause harm to the baby growing inside as well as to the mother. Therefore, following a strict diet plan, exercising religiously, and visiting the doctor regularly is a must.

Why Motherhood?

At Motherhood Hospital we believe that healthy babies come from healthy mothers. Therefore, we not only assist you with post-baby care and delivery services but ensure to back you at all times during your pregnancy journey.

We understand the dilemma of bearing a child at/above the age of 30 can be quite scary, but with the right assistance and technology, this can be achieved with ease and comfort. With the needed investigations (regarding your health), care, and services, we rule out for you the right way (natural, surrogacy, cesarean or IFV) or steps on becoming a parent.

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