Pregnancy complication for women above 30

  • Feb 02 , 2017

These days’ women are opting for pregnancy in 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. Gynecologists say that women might have to bear several complications when they conceive post-30, or may even face difficulty in conceiving.

The complications:

On an average, a woman in her 30s’ has a 15 to 20 per cent chance of getting pregnant each month. Fertility gradually declines throughout the decade, especially after age 35.

Though, a woman in her 30s has more potential to bear a child and have the stamina to take care of that baby. Women in their 30s are trying to keep up with their friends who are starting a family, and their doctors and family members often pressure them to get pregnant immediately for fear of fertility challenges due to advancing age.

Indeed, there are many risks that increases as a woman get older, such as, gestational diabetes, hypertension, miscarriage, delivery complications, the need for a Cesarean, prolonged labor, and giving birth to a child with a genetic disorder. The quality of a woman's eggs, the key to fertility also rapidly decline. There are chances that the baby born might have a down-syndrome and chromosomal abnormality.

With every passing year, the biological clock of women ticks and so does their health conditions. Some health conditions like endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes and fibroids can hinder the conception process in women in their 30s. Problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems and heart problems also complicate the late pregnancy, thus risking the baby’s life.

Though, with age, the level of fertility declines. It is not important that every woman finds it difficult to conceive. It can be tough but not impossible. 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. These days IVF has gained a lot of popularity and couples are opting for it to conceive babies. 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.