Planning pregnancy post 35? Dr Anagha Karkhanis shares tips for future moms

Dr. Anagha Karkhanis, Senior Gynaecologist and Infertility Specialist and Director of Cocoon Fertility, has shared some vital tips that can help to increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy for moms to be.

Age may not be of an important factor in many cases, situations in life, however, when it comes to getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy, the factor does come in play. For the unversed, women keep becoming less fertile as they age as the number of eggs keeps declining, including other factors too. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to conceive or have an unhealthy pregnancy. With the help of a few tips and precautions, one can maximise the health of themselves as well as of their baby’s. Are you 35 and plus or planning pregnancy post 35, then read on. Dr. Anagha Karkhanis, Senior Gynaecologist and Infertility Specialist and Director of Cocoon Fertility, has shared some vital tips that can help to increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy for moms to be.

Dr. Anagha said, “In contemporary times, more and more women are waiting until later in life to start a family. While there are numerous advantages of delaying motherhood, there are certain health risks that upsurge as a woman ages. While every female’s pregnancy is unique in itself, older expecting moms often face some unusual challenges. Starting in their mid-thirties, women have a likelihood of facing a bigger threat for miscarriage, foetal chromosomal defects, increase in blood pressure, more prone to gestational diabetes, risk of going into early labour and are more probable of requiring a caesarean delivery. 

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Pregnancy post 35: Below mentioned are tips which will help you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.

1. Moderate exercises
 It is advisable for older moms-to-be to indulge in moderate exercises like going for regular walks, performing yoga and swimming. Working out on the stationary bike for thirty to forty-five minutes daily is encouraged.

2. Stay hydrated
Ensure you stay hydrated throughout and try and avoid overexertion. 

3. No smoking, drinking alcohol
Avert yourself from smoking Cigarettes, tobacco intake, drinking alcohol and illicit drugs totally as this can increase the risk for miscarriage, leading to termination of pregnancy.

4. Vitamins are important
Take your vitamins without fail. Again, this is significant for any expecting mother at any age group. Prenatal vitamins should comprise of at least 400 micrograms of folic acid. Even if you are not expecting but are keen on starting a family, you must start prenatal vitamins or folic acid without fail. Getting the suggested amount of folic acid before pregnancy and throughout the first trimester facilitates in preventing birth deficiencies. 

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