Pregnancy After 35

Hattiesburg Clinic believes that every woman deserves the highest level of prenatal care, and we are here to support you through your pregnancy no matter your age.

Pregnancy After 35 Overview

Thinking about having a baby after 35? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the number of expectant mothers in their forties has continued to increase in the last three decades. Because these women are over the age of 35, their pregnancies are considered high-risk.

Why are pregnant women over 35 considered high-risk?

Women of advanced maternal age are at increased risk of preterm labor and preterm birth, potentially causing the baby short-term and long-term health problems. Additionally, women who are in their thirties are more likely to need a cesarean delivery than women who are in their twenties. They are also more likely to have a baby affected by a genetic disorder. While being of advanced maternal age is considered a risk of its own, pregnancy after 35 may also have additional risk factors that need to be monitored. These might include:

What services does Hattiesburg Clinic offer for pregnant women over 35?

For those with one or more high-risk pregnancy factors, a maternal fetal medicine specialist can work alongside the OB-GYN to develop a plan of care tailored to the patient’s personal needs and medical history. This specialized prenatal care allows the mother and baby to be more closely monitored and can possibly prevent and/or detect any complications that may occur. The maternal fetal medicine services at Hattiesburg Clinic often include:

  • Preconception counseling
  • Genetic screening
  • Evaluation of fetal malformations and growth disorders
  • Fetal testing to monitor baby’s well-being

If you are a high-risk mother, you may see a maternal fetal medicine specialist several times during your pregnancy. However, your obstetrician will continue to manage your pregnancy and will deliver your baby.  As with any pregnancy, it is important to continue to take good care of yourself by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, taking prenatal vitamins and discontinuing smoking or drinking alcohol.

Can you have a healthy pregnancy after 35?

Yes, many women have successful pregnancies after the age of 35. While many women of advanced maternal age have healthy babies, it is advised that women over the age of 35 seek care from a specialist if they are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

What are the chances of getting pregnant naturally after 35?

While fertility declines with age, many women can still conceive naturally after 35. However, it may take longer, and the risk of fertility issues increases.

How can I best prepare for pregnancy after 35?

It is important to consult with a health care provider before trying to conceive after 35. They can provide guidance on prenatal screening and other prenatal services.

Choose Hattiesburg Clinic

At Hattiesburg Clinic, we offer the full spectrum of prenatal, delivery and postpartum care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Talk with your obstetrician to learn more.

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Hattiesburg, MS
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Hattiesburg Clinic - 28th Place
421 S. 28th Ave.
Ste. 120
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
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