Pregnancy After Age 35
There are many reasons women choose to have children in their late 30s and early 40s. It used to be believed, however, that these “late” pregnancies were difficult to conceive and even dangerous for the mother. Now, science shows that women can safely deliver healthy babies into their 40s. This article sums up the information from a number of studies: The Crumbling Post-35 Pregnancy Myth (www.thedailybeast.com).
You may have heard that one out of three women over age 35 will not be pregnant after a year of trying, but did you know that statistic is based on birth records dated from 1670 to 1830? Things have definitely changed since then! Modern studies have found that about 80% of women 35-39 will get pregnant naturally in a year of trying.
For those who still find it difficult to become pregnant, new in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology just within the last few years has led to higher success rates. In 2011, only 27% of women in their late 30s had a baby after one IVF cycle. Now, comprehensive chromosome screening allows IVF clinics to identify chromosomally normal embryos for transfer, and pregnancy rates can top 70%.
As for the effect of a so-called “late” pregnancy on a woman’s long term health, a recent study found that women who had their last child when they were 33 or older lived longer than those who had their last child by age 29. The study can’t show that having a baby in your 30s or 40s will make you live longer, of course, but it certainly questions the conventional wisdom that pregnancy after 30 is hard on a woman’s body. At Bellamins, we think it’s time for a new name for pregnancy after age 35. How about… “pregnancy”?
Don’t forget that optimal nutrition throughout pregnancy provides a healthy foundation for mother and baby! We crafted Bellamins Belly Blends with love and science to provide the right nutrients in the right amounts at the right time.
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