The term "geriatric pregnancy" isn't the most flattering of terms regarding expectant mothers and their blossoming bellies. In truth, all this phrase means is that the mother is expecting a child and over the age of 35.
Still, you would think that we could come up with a nicer way to describe mommies-to-be who are in their mid-thirties.
While being 35 or older and pregnant does come with some very legit risks and worries, it's not all doom and gloom. Plenty of mothers see those two pink lines later on in life and experience no issues whatsoever. Here are some ways that can help those "geriatric mommies" can experience a happy and healthy nine months of incubation!
First, know the risks, but don't flip out over them. Yes, you are more likely to develop gestational diabetes and high blood pressure as well as give birth to a child with certain conditions, but it isn't a death sentence. While you can't exactly do anything to ward off Down syndrome, you can adjust your diet so that you are your healthiest self. Also, try and stay as active as your doctor deems safe.
Mothers over 35 are also more likely to give birth to smaller or underweight babies. Preemies can have complications, so it's best to do your research before your baby's birthdate. Make sure you deliver at a hospital that is equipt to handle a possible preemie baby situation. Aside from staying fit and eating healthy, women with geriatric pregnancies need to make keeping their scheduled doctor's appointments an absolute priority. These pregnancies might be monitored more closely and often times risky situations can quickly be caught and even resolved merely by checking in with your doctor.
Lastly, follow all of the common sense laws that seem to apply to all pregnant ladies. Don't drink, don't smoke and don't take medications that aren't cleared by your OBGYN. We aren't saying that carrying a baby later on in life is going to be a breeze, but it's possible. More and more women are putting motherhood off until later on in life, and they are rocking it like a bunch of bosses. Following simple lifestyle adjustments can help ladies in the prime of their lives give birth to beautiful children.