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What Are the Pregnancy Issues for Older Mothers?

Create: 05/20/2016 - 07:54
The older we are, the more likely we are to have problems with fertility or pregnancy. But on balance it has to be remembered that there are a lot of older mothers who have a perfectly healthy pregnancy and outcome.   
 
Miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and premature birth are all risks that older women face in pregnancy, but many women go on to have full-term healthy pregnancies and babies.   
 
Older mothers are more at risk of having babies with severe birth defects. An example of this is Down syndrome or spina bifida. There are societies and support groups and a network of help out there to help you decide what is the right route for you with your pregnancy and to support you with your child.   
 
Eating a healthy diet, stopping smoking, reducing your alcohol and exercise are all ways you can mitigate against these risks and have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.   
 
When you're pregnant as an older mum, the NHS has a whole host of screening tools and tests to help support you in your pregnancy. I would thoroughly recommend making an informed decision to choose which tests are right for you.   
 
If you have any concerns, remember you've got your midwife or your GP or your consultant you can always go and seek advice from. But also remember there are many women over 35 who have fantastic births and beautiful babies.
 
About video: Midwife Suzanne Barber discusses some of the issues that may affect older mothers.