Embarazo despues de los 35

While it is not an age that generates so many problems for moms-to-be, it is important to know some risks of pregnancy after 35 years of age, as long as more women get older, more complications can arise in pregnancy.

Why is there less chance of pregnancy after 35 years?

  • The woman is less fertile: To start with, after this age it is more difficult to get pregnant. When a woman ages, the quality and quantity of their eggs are low, even if you are still having menstruation. Because of this, there is less chance of the sperm to achieve fertilizing the egg, therefore a pregnancy after 35 years is more complicated.
  • The fallopian Tubes may be blocked: At this age it is more likely to be generated by the blockage of one or both fallopian Tubes for any damage, infection, adhesions, or complications with the scarring resulting from a previous operation. This condition may hinder or prevent the egg to be fertilized, since there is no access to the sperm.
  • There are fewer intimate encounters in the couple: With the passing of the years, the frequency of sexual relations decrease or lower the sexual desire.

If I pregnancy after the age of 35 years, could there be a problem with the baby?

It is important to take into account some possible problems that could be generated with the fetus:
  • Chromosomal disorders. The most well known of these disorders is Down Syndrome, which involves mental disability and heart complications. Although you never know if your child might have this condition, odds are higher if the age of the mother exceeds 35 years.
  • There are more dangers of having a miscarriage with a pregnancy after the age of 35 years.
  • The risk of fetal death is greater.

Are there tests to detect Down syndrome?

Yes, there are two types:
– The first is to take a sample of the chorionic villus, extracting a biopsy of the placenta, with what can be observed if the baby suffers from a chromosomal disorder.
– The second procedure is amniocentesis, where a sample of amniotic fluid, which allows to detect if there are any chromosomal disorder. It is very important to be clear that to be invasive, these procedures present a danger to the baby and even are related to cases of miscarriage.

Non-invasive tests

There is a test to be less risky, called analysis of multiple marker, which consists of taking a blood sample from the mother which measures the amount of certain elements such as PAPPA, HCG serum, unconjugated estriol, alfafetoproteina serum, etc This test, along with an obstetric ultrasound, genetic, allows to detect certain complications in the fetus, such as Down syndrome, anencephaly, or spina bifida.

Major obstetric risk

If you have more than 35 years, you should know that there are some problems or health conditions associated with old age, such as hypertension or diabetes. If this is your case, you need to go to your medical doctor to take appropriate treatment. It is very important that you have a good physical health, as the risks greatly diminish.

When should I see a specialist?

It does not matter if you have more or less 35 years old, if you are trying to get pregnant and don't succeed, it is important to go to your gynecologist.

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