40 and pregnant: how to prepare for a geriatric pregnancy

Benefits, risks and how to prepare for pregnancy at an advanced maternal age

Pregnancy is always a challenge that involves a certain amount of agitation for future mothers, even more so if it is an advanced maternal age (geriatric) pregnancy. More and more women are becoming mothers after age 35, indicating a profound change in modern society.

The completion of studies, the realization of work, economic stability and the consolidation of the relationship with the partner are some of the reasons behind this trend. It is undeniable that this delay brings with it different risks when compared to women facing pregnancy in their 20s and 30s. This does not mean, however, that older women should renounce it, but rather that they should get informed and be prepared for the scenarios that may arise.

From a biological point of view, fertility decreases with age, making it more difficult to get pregnant. For future mothers, the risk of developing diseases such as hypertension or gestational diabetes increases. The likelihood of chromosomal diseases in the unborn child also is higher, as does the risk of premature births or those with a caesarean section.

These risks depend though very much on the general state of health of women before pregnancy. A healthy, normal-weight woman with a balanced lifestyle will have fewer problems during pregnancy and delivery. Keeping fit, giving a clean cut to smoke and alcohol, taking folic acid and vitamins correctly: these are the rules to be respected in order to best face a pregnancy, regardless of age.

However, becoming a mother in their 40s has also many benefits. Women are more aware, more consolidated, more active to inform themselves and learn as much as possible before childbirth. Their brains are thus more stimulated, self-esteem increases with happiness and serenity, dictated by the realization of the dream of motherhood.

The positive effects on pregnancy are remarkable, mainly on life after delivery: many scientific studies actually show that women who become pregnant after the age of 35 are less prone to post-natal depression and anxiety. Moreover, today it is possible to investigate the health conditions of mothers and children thoroughly thanks to prenatal screening and amniocentesis.

The bottom line is that geriatric pregnancies are riskier, but most turn out just fine (healthy mom and baby) as long as there is a close monitoring in the prenatal period and during the pregnancy.

In order to be best prepared for all eventualities that may arise but also to benefit from every advantage, Nescens Swiss Stem Cell Science strongly recommends the conservation of umbilical cord stem cells at the time of your baby’s birth. Feel free to contact us or browse our website to find out more.