Biological Clock: Right, Time is Right Now!
Biological Clock: Right, Time is Right Now! Age is just a number; true that unless you are talking about getting pregnant. Deciding to become a parent is definitely one of the life’s most important decisions. However, this decision needs to be taken soon, taken now! The right time is now before you step past your mid-30s.
Several reasons play a role in influencing parenthood decisions, career and growth topping the list.
Women have a tough time juggling between career and family. Having a child is in a sense looked at as settling down, and couples do not want to settle down quickly. Shifting priorities and expectations have played a key role where couples seek wealth, experience, education, security, luxury and so on before they walk over to parenthood.
Ask any gynaecologist, and pat comes the reply “Don’t wait too long to get pregnant”. Conceiving gets tougher with time, complications and fertility problems only increase with age. You see older women having healthy babies, but infertility among women is often a silent journey. You might not hear about what these women went through to have that healthy child.
A Difficult Journey to Motherhood:
The biological clock is a reality. Although several women enter motherhood past 35 years, the blessing comes with several accompanying complications. It’s crucial for all women to understand the risks and complications associated with late pregnancy.
• It just isn’t easy:
Getting pregnant itself is probably the biggest obstacles you will encounter. The older you are, the more difficult it is to get pregnant. As you reach the mid-30s, your eggs decrease in quantity and quality. Your eggs aren’t fertilised as easily as your younger counterparts. If you are over 35 years, it might take you anywhere between one to two years, or sometimes more than that to conceive. You must remember that treatments such as IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) become less and less likely to show positive results as you grow older and this says the biological clock is a reality.
• Pregnancy loss:
Miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and stillbirth increase phenomenally as you grow older. This could be due to underlying medical conditions or due to fetal chromosomal abnormalities. The risk of having a stillborn doubles once you are over 35 and increases five times when you are over 40.
• Low birth weight and premature babies:
The chances of giving birth early or/and a baby with low weight become more likely among older moms. In fact, pregnancy as a result of treatments such as IVF is linked to increased risk of premature birth. Babies that are born too soon or too small are more likely to have health problems.
• Woman Health Complications:
The older you get, higher the chances of health concerns during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes, the type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy, is more common as women get older. Gestational diabetes is caused by the way a pregnant woman’s body may use insulin. Severe untreated gestational diabetes might lead to larger babies that in turn might cause injuries during delivery.
Gestational hypertension or blood pressure occurrences are more in pregnant women over 35 years. High blood pressure in early pregnancy may cause pre-eclampsia that reduces blood supply to the placenta. You might need to take medication throughout your pregnancy or even deliver your baby before your due date to avoid complications.
• Child Health Complications:
Late pregnancies might lead to children having to deal with many health complications. A baby might have chromosome abnormalities, such as Down Syndrome if the mother is older.
• C-section Birth:
Birth complications are more likely in older women. The muscles of your uterus might not work efficiently, which may lead to a longer labour or the possibility of a c-section.
To pre-empt these risk factors and have a healthy and successful pregnancy and delivery, gynaecologists recommend that you do not delay having a baby.
Although gynaecologists and obstetricians can help you sail through these risks to the best of their abilities and treatments available, avoiding late pregnancy is the most viable option.
Talk to your gynaecologist/obstetrician today about prenatal screening options and any recommended changes to your lifestyle to ensure a happy and successful journey to motherhood.