Overview

From a biological standpoint, there is a limited window for getting pregnant from reproductive age until menopause. While there is a big window of opportunity, there may never be a perfect time to have a baby. You may end up expecting much sooner than you imagined, or life may work out that you end up pregnant much later. Due to the higher risk stigma of pregnancy after age 35, or social norms and expectations, many women feel pressure to have children before age 35. The technical term for having a baby over 35 is elderly primigravida for a first-time mother or elderly multigravida for a second-time mom. This is also commonly referred to as advanced maternal age. There is a classification for women who are pregnant over age 35 because many risks increase after this age. Labeling an expecting mother who is 35 as a higher risk from the start can come along with anxiety and stress, but there are also some benefits to being a mother in your mid-thirties and beyond. This episode examines the evidence behind the risks associated with advanced maternal age and what pregnancy over 35 means for you and your baby.

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