Pregnancy Complications for Women Post-30


Having a baby and experiencing the joy of motherhood is the most wonderful feeling. But to make this feeling wonderful, it is necessary to conceive at the right time, or for that matter at the right age. Women these days are opting for pregnancy when they have already entered their 30s. Late marriages, career and financial constraints are a few reasons behind this change. But, at times, getting pregnant post-30 can get a little complicated. Gynaecologists suggest that women might have to bear several complications when they conceive post-30, or may even face difficulty in conceiving. Therefore, it is always better to know about the risks involved. So, take a look at some of these complications.          

Recommended Read: Emotional Journey of a Woman During Pregnancy

Fertility goes into a free fall post-30

The older you get, higher is the risk of a complicated pregnancy. A woman’s body goes through various physical and hormonal changes after the age of 30. And with each passing year, there is a decline in her fertility rate. As per fertility specialist, James Goldfarb, Director of infertility services and IVF at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, "There's a clear drop-off in fertility between ages 29 and 35, but the majority of 35-year-old women still won't have a problem. However, by 38 or 39, age becomes a big factor.”

The main reason behind this is that women in their 30s tend to ovulate less frequently, making conception harder than the women who ovulate regularly in their 20s. According to leading fertility specialist, Sherman Silber, “Overall, in your 30s you have only 15 per cent chance of getting pregnant in any single ovulation cycle.”

Child birth complications

The chances of miscarriage increase gradually with age. According to ASRM (American society for Reproductive Medicine), "About 20 per cent pregnancies in the age group 35-39 end in miscarriage. This is 10 per cent higher than the chance of women in their twenties." Even the possibility of a cesarean birth rises at this age. According to experts, the increased C-section rates are due to fetal distress (signs that your baby is unwell in the womb) or prolonged second-stage labour (commonly known as the pushing stage), which is more common in women post-30.

Recommended Read: 6 Exciting Reasons Why You Should Have Kids

Birth defects

The chances of chromosomal abnormity increase in a child, born to a mother who is 30 or above. The possibility of a child being affected by 'Down syndrome' (delay in physical growth) is higher. As per ASRM, "The chances of baby with Down syndrome are 1 in 1,250 for a woman at age 25, but at 30 the likelihood shoots up to 1 in 1,000 and 1 in 400 at 35."

Pre-existing conditions can play a spoilsport

With every passing year, the biological clock of women tickles and so their health conditions. Some health conditions like endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes and fibroids can hinder the conception process. Problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems and heart problems also complicate the pregnancy, thus risking the baby’s life. Dr. Rustom P. Soonawala, a specialist in women’s health says, “Incidents of hypertension and gestational diabetes in 30-plus pregnancies are in the range of 8-12 per cent, compared with 5 per cent in the younger age group.”

Recommended Read: Tips to Look Stylish and Beautiful During Pregnancy

A ray of hope

Well, it is true that age can hamper the fertility of a woman, but this does not mean that she can be labelled as infertile. Most doctors suggest that, till the age of 35, couples should have unprotected intercourse for one full year to conceive. And, if it does not work out, then they should seek medical advice. In case of women above 30, this time period increases by six more months.

Recommended Read: Bollywood Celebrities who did not Conceive Naturally

With major breakthroughs in the field of gynaecology, conceiving a baby is not that difficult after all. With techniques like IVF, chances of late pregnancy can be well imagined. Ace choreographer Farah Khan says, "I got married at the age of 40, and both, my husband, Shirish, and I were keen to start a family soon. God bless IVF because it's never too late to conceive anymore." For women under age 35, the chances of conceiving through IVF are 25 to 28 per cent, while for those over the age 40, the rate drops to 6 to 8 per cent.

So, ladies if you are planning to start family post-30, it is recommended to consult a gynaecologist. This does not mean that you cannot conceive naturally, but a doctor can help you in having a healthy and uncomplicated pregnancy.

Latest News

  • 'The Fault In Our Stars' Hindi adaptation under scripting stage

    Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) Filmmaker Homi Adajania says the Hindi adaptation of hit Hollywood film "The Fault in Our Stars" is still in the scripting stage, and he will only finalise the cast when the final draft is ready. It was reported that Deepika Padukone and Varun Dhawan will play the lead roles in the upcoming project. The filmmaker, who is in the news for "My Choice", his short video on women's empowerment, also shared that he is working on a film with Sushant Singh Rajput and Alia Bhatt. …

  • Arjun's new haircut his saviour from summer heat

    Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) Actor Arjun Kapoor's latest mohawk-inspired hairstyle is not for any movie role. He says he wanted a change for the summer season. …

  • Shah Rukh Khan Beats Salman Khan And Aamir Khan
    Shah Rukh Khan Beats Salman Khan And Aamir Khan

    Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has reached 12 million mark on twitter. The actor has almost 12 million followers on the biggest social networking site. SRK joined twitter in January 2010 and is now leading ahead of Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Aamir Khan with the highest followers. Salman Khan has 11.2 million while Aamir Khan has 11.9 million. …

  • Small screen's 'Maharana Pratap' now eyeing films

    Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) TV star Faisal Khan, who has earned much fame with dance-based reality show "Dance India Dance" and historical show "Bharat Ka Veer Putra - Maharana Pratap", says the turning point of his career is yet to come and now he is eyeing the big canvas to broaden his wings. Meanwhile, on being asked about his inspiration in Bollywood, he named superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan. "Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan are my inspirations. Hrithik has everything -- …

  • 'Dharam Sankat Mein' doesn't hurt anybody's sentiments: Naseeruddin

    Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) Actor Naseeruddin Shah, who will be seen as a guru of a spiritual organisation in the upcoming satirical comedy "Dharam Sankat Mein", says no religion or group will find anything objectionable in the film as "whatever is shown in it is factual and correct". Further, he says it does not hurt anybody's sentiments. An official Hindi adaptation of British satire "The Infidel", the film also stars Paresh Rawal and Annu Kapoor. "We have taken care of sentiments of all the …

  • Kareena Kapoor turns down 'Nach Baliye 7'?

    Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) Actress Kareena Kapoor has reportedly turned down an offer to judge a forthcoming dance reality TV show "Nach Baliye 7", saying she has no plans to venture into the small screen. According to sources from the makers of "Nach Baliye", its producer Ekta Kapoor is on a lookout for the fourth judge for the show. "Kareena's team got back saying that currently she wants to focus on films and she doesn't want to do TV at this point of time in her career," said a source. …

  • Truly admire Deepika for the person she is: Homi Adajania

    Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) Deepika Padukone, who has made strong statements about women's rights in a short video, is an example of a single woman who lives by her own rules and has fought against the odds in a male-dominated industry to reach her position, says the video's director Homi Adajania. Adajania's over two-minute visual piece for Vogue is based on a powerful poem called "My Choice", written by Kersi Khambatta. It talks about every woman's right to equality and Deepika has not only …

  • AIFW 2015 high on design, less on Bollywood drama

    New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) A whimsical world of fantasies, silhouttes straight from fairy tales and 25 style gurus coming together to pay an ode to the rich heritage of India at the finale - the 25th edition of Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) here laid out bold, edgy, innovative style statements as designers rolled out varied styles in pastel shades of winter. The fashion extravaganza, which started on March 25 at Pragati Maidan, saw a fitting finale on Sunday - there was music, dance, drama …

Loading...