Late pregnancy is quite common nowadays. Perhaps you too have looked up this page because you are pregnant and have already crossed that right age. You are not alone. Be well informed on all aspects. Equip yourself to take up late motherhood in a dignified and mature way.
Late Pregnancy On The Rise Why?
Biologically, age between 20- 24 years is ideal for pregnancies. Advances in medical sciences coupled with changing socio-economic priorities have led to an increase in the late pregnancy rate. Statistics show that for the last 15 years the number of women who gave birth for the first time in the age group of 30-39 years has become double. It is not rare any more to find women with pregnancy after 40.
This trend is growing due to many reasons. Women these days delay pregnancy in pursuit of education and career. Late marriage, divorce and remarriage come up as another reason. Availability of successful infertility treatments makes it possible for women to get treated and enjoy motherhood even though it may be late. Chronic diseases and their treatment also lead to delayed pregnancies. It doesn’t matter what your personal reason is. Once you notice any late pregnancy symptom, observe carefully and consult your doctor without any hesitation. Follow the advice of the doctor and do the pregnancy test, as required.
Are There Any Risks And Difficulties Involved?
Yes, there are risks for the very simple reason that the reproductive capacity reduces gradually after 35. But being knowledgeable about the general risks and difficulties will help you to minimize the risk of a late pregnancy. These are summarized here just for you. Take time to go through them.
It takes a longer period to conceive- about 6-12 months
Increased occurrence of fibroid related problems
The probability of giving birth to a baby with Down syndrome increases with age
Likelihood of complications due to diabetes and blood pressure in the mother
Abruption of placenta and pathologic condition of fetus needing surgical intervention with serious side-effects
Increased risk of miscarriage
Delivery can be complicated and prolonged. Generally a Cesarean section is advised
There are some coping up difficulties also associated with a late pregnancy. Once the baby arrives, you may find your organized life upset. You may not be able to cope up with the demands of baby care and further upbringing. So be prepared for a total change in your routine and priorities. On the other extreme, you may be tempted to pamper and spoil your child. Further, many a times, an older mother may have to double up as a nurse to her aging parents.
There Are Advantages Too!
Late pregnancy has its own advantages too. An older woman has waited for so long for motherhood. She considers it as blessing rather than a burden. She has probably achieved her career goals and is ready to devote time for the baby. She is more at peace with herself.
We recommend that you gain further insight into the various issues from the many good books and articles on the subject.
A wish comes true! You are going to be a mother at last. What if it is a late pregnancy!