Technically, if you’re over 35, you’re of advanced maternal age. But are you really, though? We’re not quite sure. After all, women way older than 35 go on to have happy, healthy pregnancies and babes. When was the last time 35 was considered advanced in anything??
That said, 35 is really just an age when certain discussion topics may be a little more relevant at your doctor’s visit. For example, it could take a bit longer to conceive than women in their 20’s, though again, not necessarily. However, if you are over 35 and have been trying for somewhere between six months to a year, you may want to check in with your healthcare provider on your options.
Statistically speaking, you are more likely to have multiples when you’re 35 or older, but that could be due to the idea that older women are more likely to use assisted reproductive technology (aka ART), which can skew the numbers. You might be more apt to develop certain conditions like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and your risk of miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities is elevated, so explore your options on genetic testing if you’re so inclined. Our advice? Don’t stress and talk to your doctor. During your pregnancy, stay active, make healthy choices and don’t buy (too much) into the hype.