How to Prepare for Pregnancy

There’s plenty of data that shows women over the age of 35 face more risk factors during pregnancy than younger mothers. From fertility difficulties to birth defects, underlying health conditions to labor issues, there are many areas that can be concerning. However, by proactively addressing these areas, older moms to be can reduce risks and make strides towards a less problematic pregnancy. In fact, many of these things can be controlled by watching your diet, getting regular exercise, and minimizing chemical intake (whether prescription or habitual). Here’s a few tips for getting ready for pregnancy later in life. 

Prepare for Infertility

Studies show that as women age, fertility rapidly declines, specifically in their mid- to late- 30s. Contributing factors may be decreased blood flow to the ovaries, irregularity in ovulation, hormonal fluctuations or other medical issues. There are active steps to combat infertility issues. 

Be aware of your ovulation cycle and keep track of it. By eating healthy, removing toxins from the diet and environment, and regular exercise, difficulties with fertility can be combated. This doesn’t mean that eating an apple a day will keep the infertility specialist away, but it does mean there are simple things you can do to improve your chances of conception

Prepare for a Healthy Pregnancy

Health issues increase significantly for both mother and child after the mother reaches the age of 35. Some issues include increased cases of high blood pressure, diabetes, miscarriage, placenta previa, and babies with genetic disorders. Eating right, exercising, and removing bad habits, like caffeine or cigarette smoking, will help keep a woman's body operating the way it was designed, especially in regards to pregnancy prep. 

Prepare for Labor

Labor complications are a deep-seated fear of many women, over 35 or not! Concerns are valid, because data shows that women over 35 do have increased rates of complications during pregnancy. Experts also suggest nutritional and exercisional health habits tend to decline as women age; if these issues are addressed then the age of a woman will be of less significance. 

While it is impossible to guarantee a complication-free labor, striving to eat healthy and maintain an appropriate level of activity throughout conception, gestation, and delivery can certainly help improve your chances. Finding a licensed practitioner, whether that means obstetrician or midwife, that understands the associated risks can also do wonders. Ultimately, keeping yourself healthy is your best bet for keeping your baby healthy.

Last Updated: July 14, 2017