The risk of passing a chromosomal abnormality on to your baby increases with the mother’s age. Although, research has shown that most women in their late 30s and 40s can have a health pregnancy and a normal, healthy baby.
If you are over 35 and trying to conceive, consider the following guidelines to increase your chances of a successful, healthy pregnancy and baby:
Pregnancy after 35. March of Dimes website. Available at: http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/getready_after35.html. Accessed September 5, 2005. http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/getready_after35.html
Ramin KD, Swartout, Swartout JP. Obstetrics and gynecology. In: Bope ET, Kellerman R, Rakel RE, eds. Conn’s Current Therapy 2011 . Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011.
Last reviewed September 2012 by Kari Kassir, MD
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