Health Tip: Pregnancy for women over 40
With pop icon Janet Jackson becoming pregnant just before her 50th birthday in May, many women are wondering if they too can become pregnant in their 40s. Many doctors will tell you that despite some increased risk, having children later in life is indeed possible. In fact, the number of women giving birth in their 30s and 40s has increased significantly over the last couple of decades, while the number of women having babies in their 20s has dropped.
While it is possible, there are some unique challenges to becoming a mother over the age of 40. In pregnant women over the age of 40, your doctor should keep an eye out for these potential problems.
· Higher rates of miscarriage
· Genetic abnormalities
· High blood pressure
If you’re pregnant or trying to become pregnant, and you're over age 40, consider these tips.
· Start taking prenatal vitamins three to four months before trying to conceive
· Do not drink alcohol
· See your OBGYN regularly
· Deliver in facility with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
Pregnancy for women over 40 may require additional genetic testing, monitoring and appointments. See your OBGYN if you are trying to become pregnant.