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Late Pregnancy

By the Way, What is Late Pregnancy

Any pregnancy after the mother’s age of 35 years is called Late pregnancy. Generally, it is categorised as a “ High Risk Pregnancy.”

Management Of Late Pregnancy

Is It Safe To Get Pregnant After 35 Years

A mother’s age, even for the 1st pregnancy, is increasing nowadays. Many women with infertility are getting pregnant with treatment after 35 years. Such pregnancies are safe only if managed properly.

What Is Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is the most common chromosomal problem in babies, where the baby suffers with severe mental retardation. This may also be accompanied by major congenital problems like heart disease. Such conditions are not compatible with a normal life. It is more common if the mother’s age is above 35 years of age.

Is It Possible To Detect Genetic Problems Of The Baby Before Birth

Certainly Yes. It is possible by a simple blood test of the mother & an ultrasonography of the fetus as early as 3 months of pregnancy with more than 90% accuracy. If the “Perkin Elmer Test” is positive, some more tests are carried out by taking fetal cells out of mother’s uterus by a special test called as “Amniocentesis” for confirmation of the problem with 100% accuracy.

Is There Any Cure If The Baby Has A Genetic Problem

No. If a genetic problem is confirmed in the baby, Termination of the pregnancy is usually advised.

Can Miscarriages Happen

Yes. Miscarriages are more common in elderly mothers. It is important to know the causes of miscarriage & take appropriate action before the pregnancy come. That is why it is all the more important to manage these pregnancies in a specialized center.

Is The Blood Sugar Going To Rise In Elderly Pregnant Women

Yes, in many cases. This is because of the genetic tendency of the Indian population & and also because of the increasing mother’s age. It is a well-managed problem. Only awareness & diagnosis during the pregnancy are important.

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What About Blood Pressure

Blood pressure, in many cases, goes up in elderly mothers. It may rise in many late pregnancies before the pregnancy starts. This is a quite serious problem which may threaten the life of mother & baby. Diagnosis & proper treatment in a good centre is important.

Management Of Late Pregnancy

Is The Baby Going To Grow Normally

Sometimes, babies do not grow properly in elderly mothers. If not detected at the right time, it may die inside the mother’s uterus. The growth of the fetus needs to be monitored by ultrasonography. If the baby is found to be small, delivery needs to be arranged in a centre where a good NICU is available.