Pregnant over 35? Here’s what you need to know

In today’s fast-paced world, there are more choices for women than ever before. Thanks to contraception, equal opportunity, career and personal growth, women are deciding to try for a baby later in life (hello, we’ve got sh*t to do!). In fact, approximately 20% of women choose to begin their families after the age of 35. Here’s what you need to know about being pregnant over 35.

So, if you’re over 35 and starting to consider family planning more seriously, there are a few things to consider. From fertility tracking to conception to high-risk pregnancy, we’re answering your burning questions before you decide to try for the bump. 

1. Can I have a healthy pregnancy after 35?

Yes, many women over 35 have healthy pregnancies and babies. While conception chances do slightly decrease with age — with a 77% success rate for couples over 38, and less than half of healthy couples conceiving by 41 — it’s encouraging to note that 95% of couples trying to conceive after 35 succeed within three years. We love those odds.

2. What are the risks after age 35?

It’s important to note, pregnancy after 35 does come with its own set of risks to consider. For instance, a 40 year old woman has a higher risk of complications like miscarriage compared to her younger counterparts. Factors such as ovarian function and genetic abnormalities become more prominent with age too. With this in mind, it’s vital to discuss these aspects with healthcare providers who can offer personalised advice and support your journey.

3. What lifestyle decisions can I make for a healthy pregnancy?

As you approach or surpass the age of 35, taking proactive steps towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes paramount. Here are some simple ways to support your body:

  • Staying active: Regular exercise not only improves overall health but also aids in maintaining a healthy weight, which is crucial for fertility. Whether it’s Pilates, walking, swimming, or dancing, moving your body in a way that feels good is vital.
  • Healthy diet: A balanced diet rich in nutrients supports reproductive health. Foods high in fibre (such as beans and legumes), good quality oils (like salmon, nuts, and seeds), and antioxidants (found in leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables) can help increase your fertility and naturally improve egg quality.
  • Supplementation: Our Moode premium prenatal multivitamin are a small but impactful addition to your daily routine. Packed with essential nutrients like Choline and Zinc, they support placenta growth and your baby’s brain development, while enhancing your overall maternal health for a strong start.
  • Fertility tracking: Essential for conception, it involves monitoring ovulation cycles and understanding your body’s signals to identify peak fertility periods. Plus, being attuned to your body’s signals, such as changes in cervical mucus or basal body temperature, can provide valuable insights into your fertility status.
  • Talk to a healthcare provider you trust: They’re there to provide friendly, personalised advice and to keep an eye on your health as you navigate your path to conception. Consider them as your allies and guides on this beautiful journey, and there are options galore to fit your needs.

Embracing the Journey

Motherhood after 35 is unique, and with the right support, knowledge and lifestyle choices, you can successfully navigate this next chapter. Remember: every woman’s journey is different, and what matters most is finding the path that works best for you and your family.

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