Many couples now start a family when they are in their mid-30s or older. Today, 1 in 5 women in the United States has her first child after age 35. Most >35 year mothers will have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. However, medical studies have shown that women in their mid-to-late 30s and 40s may face some special pregnancy risks. The doctors at RPG will take the time to make you aware of these risks so you can make informed decisions about your pregnancy, including when to become pregnant.
The largest risk associated with advanced maternal age is the risk of having a baby with certain birth defects involving chromosomes. Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal birth defect. Affected children can have varying degrees of mental retardation and physical birth defects.
Other risks associated with advanced maternal age include gestational diabetes, fetal growth problems, and increased need for cesarean delivery.