Tips for healthy pregnancy after 35 on National Safe Motherhood Day

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | April 11, 2024 IST

National Safe Motherhood Day is an important reminder of the need to prioritize maternal health and well-being

National Safe Motherhood Day is an important reminder of the need to prioritize maternal health and well-being. Pregnancy after the age of 35, often referred to as advanced maternal age, does come with its own set of considerations. Here are some tips for expectant mothers in this age group to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy:

 

Consult with a Healthcare Provider: Before planning a pregnancy, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare provider. They can assess your overall health and provide personalized advice based on your medical history.

 

Prenatal Care: Regular prenatal check-ups are essential for monitoring the progress of the pregnancy and identifying any potential complications early on. Be diligent about attending all scheduled appointments.

 

Nutrition and Supplements: Maintain a balanced diet rich in nutrients essential for both maternal and fetal health. Folic acid, iron, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids are particularly important during pregnancy. Your healthcare provider may recommend prenatal vitamins to supplement your diet.

 

Stay Active: Regular, moderate exercise can help improve circulation, manage weight gain, and alleviate common pregnancy discomforts. However, it's essential to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise regimen.

 

Monitor Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Levels: Women over 35 are at a higher risk of developing gestational hypertension and gestational diabetes. Regular monitoring of blood pressure and blood sugar levels can help detect and manage these conditions if they arise.

 

Genetic Counseling and Testing: Advanced maternal age is associated with a higher risk of chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome. Consider undergoing genetic counseling and testing to assess the risk and make informed decisions about prenatal screening and diagnostic tests.

 

Maintain a Healthy Weight: Being overweight or underweight can increase the risk of complications during pregnancy. Aim to achieve a healthy weight before conceiving and continue to monitor weight gain during pregnancy under the guidance of your healthcare provider.

 

Manage Stress: Pregnancy can be a stressful time, especially for older mothers who may have additional concerns. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, or seeking support from friends, family, or a counselor.

 

Educate Yourself: Take childbirth education classes to learn about labor, delivery, and newborn care. Knowing what to expect can help alleviate anxiety and better prepare you for the journey ahead.

 

Be Proactive: Trust your instincts and don't hesitate to voice any concerns or questions you may have during prenatal appointments. Your healthcare provider is there to support you and address any issues that may arise.


Every pregnancy is unique, and it's essential to prioritize your health and well-being throughout the journey. By following these tips and working closely with your healthcare provider, you can increase the likelihood of a safe and successful pregnancy after 35.

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