Watch out for pregnancy after age 40

pregnancy-after-age-40If you are considering having a baby and you are over the age of 40, there are considerations that you need to take into account. Granted, it is safer today to have a baby at an older age, but you need to be more careful and follow a few extra guidelines.

Some of the things that you need to be aware of during your pregnancy are if you contract an illness that could affect the fetus, birth defects and genetic abnormalities, loss of the pregnancy and, of course, complications during the labor and the delivery are all possible.

You also have a greater risk during your pregnancy if you are to have twins. These types of pregnancies are a high risk even at a younger age, so you need to be extra cautious over the age of 40. There are a few guidelines that you can follow to have a smoother pregnancy.

First things first, pay a visit to your doctor and let him know that you want to conceive. Your physician will be able to give you an exam to see if you have any health risks that you should be aware of that could affect your or your fetus.

If you have a family history of any type of illnesses or diseases that you feel are a concern, share them with your doctor. This way they will know what to watch for. If you smoke, now is a great time to quit. Actually, you should quit before you even get pregnant. Stay away from alcohol and caffeine and have a healthy diet. Exercise is very important and make sure that you take your vitamins that the doctor prescribes you.

Your physician can also check for any genetic disorders that may be lurking in the dark. It is important to make sure that you look at every single aspect of your pending or current pregnancy. The older you get the more of a risk you take. You can have a safe and healthy baby and pregnancy as long as you are careful and follow your doctor’s rules.