Complications of having a baby after 35 – know the facts

In Singapore, it is becoming an upward trend for women to start a family later in life, after pursuing a career. Being married, financially stable and emotionally ready are very important to a woman about to embark on motherhood.

At any age, finding out you are pregnant is a joy and a miracle. These days, it is very common for women to get pregnant in their 30s. However, there are some possible complications of having a baby after 35 that you should be aware of.

Complications of having a baby after 35

Most doctors will warn you about the possible risks of a later pregnancy. There is a higher chance of these happening to you, the older you are when you get pregnant. But, there are ways to manage these risks and many women go on to have uncomplicated pregnancies.

Some of the possible risks include:

  • Down syndrome
  • High blood pressure
  • Preeclampsia
  • Miscarriage
  • Premature labour
  • Placenta abnormalities
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Gestational diabetes

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It is important for women over 35 to be aware of any chronic illnesses they have and make sure they are treated properly. Untreated health conditions can get worse during pregnancy.

Find out how common these complications are on the next page..