Nowadays plenty of women are embarking on pregnancy whether it is their first child or the last addition to their family. If you’re over 40 and you’re having a baby, there is a lot to think about. There are benefits of being an older mother. Some women are better prepared for motherhood at 40 then they were at 20. Life experience can make child rearing easier some say.
Prenatal care is super imperative, its is the best way to keep yourself and your growing baby healthy. Regular visits to your Obstetrician is key so they can watch out for you and the health of your baby in your womb. Your doctor can also ease fears, anxiety and answer and questions you have and help you prepare for the birth
Your healthcare provider will discuss:
The benefits of dietary supplements, a healthy diet and genetic screenings.
It’s all the same as for younger women. But there are a few things that are more common for women over 40.
Older women are more likely than others to:
Have a miscarriage, placenta previa in which the placenta develops in the wrong part of the uterus, high blood pressure, diabetes or premature labor.have
Older women are also more likely than others to have a child with a genetic condition such as Down Syndrome.
Your healthcare provider may order diagnostic tests such as chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis.
They may also suggest genetic counseling where a specialist talks to you about your family, about what might or might happen with your baby, and about how you might handle the situation.