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Marlise Van Onselen


Posted by: colline maule | 2012-07-24


First-time pregnancy

Hi, I'm 35 years old and will probably be 36 before I even get pregnant, I've never had a child before. what are the risks of first time pregnancy at 36?

Expert's Reply


Marlise Van Onselen Marlise Van Onselen
- 2012-08-23

There's nothing magical about age 35/36. It's simply an age at which risk factors are more on the forefront. You need to take special care of yourself and your baby will have the best start.

Being healthy before you fall pregnant is even more important...

  • Healthy lifestyle (exercise, low stress levels)
  • Healthy eating habits (balanced diet, lots of proteins, vegetables and fruit and fewer fats)
  • Healthy body (drink folic acid before falling pregnant and make sure your ion levels are in good range) 
  • Healthy mind (prepare yourself mentally for the pregnancy and don’t forget to enjoy it)
Understand the risks

- It might take longer to get pregnant.
- You're more likely to develop gestational diabetes.
- You're more likely to develop high blood pressure during pregnancy.
- The risk of chromosome abnormalities is higher, such as Down syndrome.
- You partner also has a responsibility to be healthy, healthy sperms - healthy babies. 


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