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There are both risks of pregnancy after 35 and benefits of postponing motherhood to this age. Women often get perturbed when doctors refer to pregnancy over 35 years of age as advanced maternal age. Rather than getting perturbed women should attempt to understand the underlying risks of conceiving late. Needless to say doctors are the best to judge a woman’s physical health and monitor pregnancy to prevent and treat complications.
What are some of the problems and risks associated with pregnancy after 35 years of age?
Infertility is more common in women as they age. As we age, our fertility naturally declines. Women who postpone their decision to have a baby often are surprised when they are unable to conceive immediately. This adds to their worry and anxiety. Instead of getting anxious it is best to consult a doctor if a woman is unable to conceive even after six months of trying.
b) Diabetes and blood pressure
Chances of suffering from certain health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure significantly increase with age. Such conditions often begin to affect women after the age of 30. Getting pregnant with these health conditions poses a number of risks.
c) Birth defects
Incidence of certain chromosomal birth defects is more common in older mothers. To quote an example a 20 years old woman has a 1 in 1250 chance of having a baby with Down’s syndrome. This probability increases to 1 in 400 for a women aged 35 and 1 in 100 for a woman of 40 years of age.
d) Miscarriage and stillbirth
Miscarriage and stillbirths are common in older women compared to young ones.
e) Complications during pregnancy
Complications happen more often in older women. Two of the most common and serious complications are gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is also referred to as pregnancy induced hypertension. These conditions are normally monitored very closely by doctors to keep it under check.
As the age of the mother increases Cesarean rates too tend to rise. Statistically around 28% of women over the age of 35 undergo Cesarean as compared to only 10% of women under the age of 25.
Although there are increased risks of pregnancy after 35 years of age, most babies born to older mothers are normally healthy. After taking into consideration the age and physical condition of the mother, doctors monitor their health and suggest additional testing, wherever required. It is indeed possible to have a baby after 35 normally all that you need to do is to get regular prenatal care, eat a healthy diet and most importantly enjoy your pregnancy.
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Most women see themselves as being less tied down and having more time to do things they enjoy once they reach the age of 40. Few foresee the need for new strategies in time management at a time when they expect to have more freedom to enjoy their lives. By then, the kids are out of the house and most have settled into a career that they plan to retire from. Most people and couples have attained some degree of financial security at this point, making work less of a priority. When the day arrives and they reach of age of 40, many women are surprised to find that the reality is a far cry from the idea they have imagined for so long.
Why Your Time May be in Demand after You Turn 40
Each decade brings with it a new set of priorities, limitations and challenges. For some women, the 40s may turn out to be the most demanding times of their lives. Changes in their family dynamic or in their work structure can have a tremendous impact on how their days flow. Every situation is different to some degree. With some careful planning, you may find that you can handle everything life throws at you without sacrificing those things or people who are most important to you.
Caring for yourself should be a number one priority. The things you do in your 40s will have an impact on your health when you are in your 60s and beyond. Determine what types of physical activity you enjoy the most and schedule a time for them. As conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease become a higher risk factor, taking the time to exercise now will help you reduce your risk so that you can have a healthier future.
Limit computer and TV time. Most of us have our favorite TV shows that we want to watch. Thanks to great inventions like DVRs, we can even work them into our schedules without sacrificing other important events. When you are surfing the TV channels and complaining about having nothing to watch, you probably shouldn’t be watching at all. Watching shows that don’t interest you just to pass the time is a waste of time! The same is true of checking emails, surfing the internet or checking your text messages. Instead, focus on projects that you need to do around the house that you never seem to have enough time for!
Write down everything you do for a week. At the end of the week, look at where you are spending large chunks of time that have no benefit to you, your job or to your family.
Look for ways to pass responsibilities on to someone else, both at work and at home. Even if there really isn’t anyone else who is capable of doing that report, there is someone else who can take out the trash.
Start each day with a definitive plan of what you will do and what you expect to accomplish. If you know where you want to end up, it will make it easier to take the steps to get there without getting sidetracked.
Regardless of your best efforts, there are still 24 hours in a day and no one can run without food and sleep. Time management isn’t about having more time. It’s about prioritising, organising, and getting the most important things done on time!
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It was a real internal debate when I started to write this article about whether I should start with the pros or the cons of becoming a mother in your 40’s. However, after reviewing the information that I had on hand, and noticing that there were a lot fewer cons than there were pros I figured I’d get the cons out of the way first. So please don’t despair when you start to read this article, the cons are short and to the point, and there are a lot more pros that follow them and provide good reasons for starting motherhood later in life.
A woman over the age of 40 has significantly reduced chances of conceiving due to a couple different factors. Basically, every female is born with eggs, and roughly 300 will be a part of your ovulation cycle until you hit menopause. Although you still have eggs remaining, your fertility begins to bottom out around age 35, and all but hits the bottom of the dry well by your 40’s, due to hormonal fluctuations that are age related.
Increased Risk Factors
These numbers are not pretty, but they are important, so they are being included in this article. A married woman between 40-44 has a 60% chance that she will remain without child. Any woman within the ages of 40-44 could (note the word could not will) run a risk of miscarriage at the rate of 34%, and a woman who is 40 has a 1 out of 106 chance that she could have a bundle of joy with Down syndrome.
Upside (see that was not so bad)
Women in their 40’s bring many resources and benefits to motherhood, which allow them to obtain the most from their longer life expectancy. Due to the fact that they had to wait so long to become a mother, they will dedicate themselves to proper health and nutrition during pregnancy, after birth, and throughout the duration of her child’s life
Due to the fact that these soon to be mothers have worked for years, most are financially secure and are able to, properly provide, for their child and spend more time with them and less at work. But out of all of these reasons mentioned so far, the fact that the mother may have gone through great lengths, to become pregnant, the gratitude that she will deeply feel will be placed towards her newborn child who will reap her gratitude with a lifetime of love, patience and understanding.
Long Live The Fit 40 Year Old Mother
Studies show that a mother in her 40’s who is fit can handle being a mom just as easily as a mother who is in her 30’s. Her advanced maternal age doesn’t reduce her parenting capacity due to mental or physical ability nor does any parenting stress. Plus, one study showed that women of at least 45 who conceived naturally and birthed their baby were, in fact, 14-17% less likely to pass away within the first few years of their 50’s than any other woman who didn’t birth a child after their 40’s; this study concluded that older moms were more likely to stay alive longer.
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Is it just me or is it everyone who has trouble getting their children to do their chores? My precious offspring are assigned a fairly easy, basic job each week that they need to complete within a certain time-frame (which is quite generous I would suggest!).
The jobs range from sweeping, mopping (note that these are classed as two separate jobs, so are not too arduous), cleaning the bathrooms (we have a powder-room, ensuite and main bathroom, so three in all) and cleaning the toilets (of which we also have three). Each child is assigned one of these jobs on a rotating roster (although my nine-year old has currently only been trained in toilet-cleaning at this stage, so he always has this job. It suits him to have the one job and know he can do it well. I’m sure it will take pride of place on his CV when he is older!). My daughter (aged 14) also has the ironing to do, but is paid separately for this.
So, not too taxing or difficult you would think. Surely these jobs would be less than 30 minutes work I would venture to propose?. Then why is it SO hard for them to do them?
At the start of the week I write their jobs neatly on an A4 piece of paper. Nice and neat, in black felt-pen, very easy to read. I place this piece of paper on the end of the kitchen bench, right near the fridge, toaster and other well-used utensils. So, hard to miss you would think. I also put a lovely little request on there to please do the job in the next 2 days, and Mum will be really happy. I even sign it with 2 kisses (sometimes 3 if I am feeling very loving).
A day goes by, and the page is still there. Slightly stained with coffee and Coke. Slightly crumpled, but still there. “Did you see your jobs on the bench sweetheart?” I ask each child. “No” they answer, seemingly baffled by what I could possibly be talking about. I find it hard to believe that I have such oblivious, unobservant children. Although I have experimented with various other notes such as “Who would like to go to the movies with me tonight?” and “Does anyone need anything from the shops? Lollies? Chocolate? The latest xbox game?” and have received a much more positive response. Yes, they did see that note and yes, they want anything I will give them, especially if it is expensive. So it is obviously selective blindness. A well-documented condition that apparently is also rife among harried husbands. (Although mine is an angel.xx)
So, long story short, I spend the next three to four days constantly nagging the kids about the chores. I have even sent them individual SMS messages on their mobile phones from work warning them at what time I will be home and that, if their job is not done by then they will be in SO much trouble!!!!
Eventually the jobs get done. They do them in record time with the absolute minimum of effort and care, and I am so grateful that they have actually done them that I praise them and then just tidy them up to my own standard myself, saying it just isn’t worth the effort.
So I can then relax for a few days until the next rotating job roster rolls around and the whole cycle begins again.
Am I the only one who this is happening to?