The risk of passing a chromosomal abnormality on to your baby increases with the mother’s age. Although, research has shown that most women in their late 30s and 40s can have a healthy pregnancy and a normal, healthy baby.
If you are over 35 and trying to conceive, consider the following guidelines to increase your chances of a successful, healthy pregnancy and baby:
See a doctor around 3 months before you try to conceive to review your medical conditions, family medical history, medications, and immunizations.
Take a prenatal vitamin containing 400 micrograms of folic acid daily about 3 months before you become pregnant and through the first month of pregnancy to help prevent neural tube defects.
Get early and regular prenatal care.
Eat a variety of nutritious foods, including foods containing folic acid, such as fortified breakfast cereals, enriched grain products, leafy green vegetables, oranges and orange juice, and peanuts.
Begin pregnancy at a healthy weight.
Do not smoke or drink alcohol.
Don't use any drug, even over-the-counter medications or herbal preparations, unless recommended by a doctor who knows you are pregnant.
Chromosome abnormalities. National Human Genome Research Institute website. Available at: http://www.genome.gov/11508982. Updated January 6, 2016. Accessed June 6, 2016.
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