Late pregnancy: are there any risks?

Recently, more and more often you can meet a woman who decided to get pregnant and have a child at a later age, so the age of 35, or even later. Whether it was a forced necessity or just a tribute to fashion - probably only the future mother knows. However, before deciding on such a responsible step, you should carefully weigh all the pros and cons of pregnancy at this age. Late pregnancy and everything connected with it - you can find all this information on our website.

At what age can pregnancy be called "late"?

In the Middle Ages, a woman who did not have at least one child before the age of twenty was already considered infertile, incapable of having children at all. However, over time, the moral principles of people and customs have changed, so now at the sight of a forty-year-old pregnant woman expecting her first baby, no one is surprised.

Late pregnancy is the delivery of a child by a woman between the ages of 30 and 40. Although, by and large, 40 is still not the limit. Although doctors unanimously say that this can not be done or at least strongly do not recommend giving birth at this age.

Late pregnancy: what can be the risks?

Late pregnancy is a very risky business for both the expectant mother and her unborn baby. Consider these risk groups separately.

Risk to the expectant mother:

  • Threat of miscarriage. Many age-related changes that occur with the female body, however, as well as the aging of the egg, at times increases the risk of abortion. This is due to changes that occur in the egg itself, resulting in a large percentage of conception is carried out with gross violations at the genetic level.
  • Late pregnancy can threaten a woman with exacerbation of chronic diseases. Any disease that once bothered a woman may recur during childbirth.
  • Especially when it comes to the cardiovascular system and kidneys. Thus, women suffering from hypertension during pregnancy may experience a significant deterioration of the condition, characterized by the presence of protein in the urine, edema and high blood pressure. By the way, cardiovascular disease can cause seizures and, as a consequence, stroke.
  • We should not forget about diabetes - a fairly common disease at this age. The result of such a pregnancy may not be the happiest. Since late pregnancy for a woman with diabetes threatens premature birth, placental complications, developmental disorders of the unborn child (under the influence of insulin), as well as stillbirth.
  • In addition to all the above points, there is always a risk of developing various complications directly related to the pregnancy itself.


First of all it is necessary to tell about the possible bleedings caused by disturbances of a hormonal background, and also various problems with a placenta.

In addition, the birth rate of twins is the highest among women who dare to give birth between the ages of 35 and 39. So, if you still want to give birth again, a multiple late pregnancy should not be a big surprise for you. At this age, such a "turn of events" is quite real.

It would also be worthwhile to morally prepare for the fact that the birth itself is unlikely to go smoothly. No one, of course, says that it will definitely be difficult and problems cannot be avoided. However, some unforeseen situations, such as poor labor, bleeding and soft tissue ruptures can still threaten women in labor.

By the way, late pregnancy in almost half of cases ends in cesarean section, rather than natural childbirth.

Risks for the baby:

  • Premature onset of labor, as a result of which the child may be born prematurely.
  • Light weight of the newborn.
  • The risk of developing genetic diseases and abnormalities in utero.

Positive moments associated with late pregnancy

However, no matter how much doctors frighten women with all sorts of problems and diseases that will threaten both her and her future baby, many women still dare to give birth at this age. And, most interestingly, they give birth to completely healthy and strong babies.

In addition, late pregnancy is a great way for a woman to rejuvenate her body, both externally and internally. After all, hormonal changes observed during childbirth, delay the onset of menopause. And on a moral level, a woman who has experienced the joy of motherhood again, we can say that she was born again. Since such a powerful influx of positive emotions, which will give her a small child, will invariably affect her external attractiveness.