USC Fertility

Advanced Maternal Age Pregnancy

Advanced maternal age pregnancy is becoming more common

More women are waiting to start a family and the physicians at USC Fertility are seeing more women over the age of 35 who are hoping to get pregnant. Advanced maternal age pregnancy presents unique issues; however, our Los Angeles fertility specialists, with expertise in women of advanced maternal age can manage the risks to help patients conceive and deliver a healthy baby.

It’s important to understand the risks of advanced maternal age pregnancy

Fertility decreases with age, but our Los Angeles fertility specialists, with expertise in women of advanced maternal age offer treatments that can help you conceive. If you’re older than 35 and haven’t been able to get pregnant after six months of trying, consider making an appointment with USC Fertility.

Once you are pregnant, you should know what to watch for with advanced maternal age pregnancy.

  • Gestational diabetes is more common as women get older. This condition, if left uncontrolled can be dangerous for the mother and it can cause the baby to grow much larger than average. However, gestational diabetes can be managed with diet and physical activity.
  • High blood pressure during pregnancy is also more common in older women. Your physician should monitor your blood pressure throughout your pregnancy. If problems develop, he or she may recommend medication or delivering your baby before the due date.
  • The need for a C-section increases for older mothers because there is a higher risk of pregnancy-related complications like placenta previa.
  • The risk of chromosomal abnormalities is higher, since the quality of a woman’s eggs decreases with age. As such, the incidence of babies born with Down syndrome is higher for mothers of advanced maternal age. Our fertility specialists at USC Fertility, here in Los Angeles can discuss preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A), formerly PGS, as an option to consider in order to minimize the chance of a pregnancy with a chromosomal abnormality.
  • The risk of pregnancy loss or miscarriage increases for older mothers due to chromosomal abnormalities in the baby. To minimize the chance of pregnancy loss, we can perform PGT-A before you get pregnant, by avoiding the transfer of embryos that are thought to be chromosomally abnormal.

Healthy lifestyle choices can help patients avoid pregnancy risks

Although advanced maternal age does present some risks, there are steps you can take to have a healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby. Our fertility specialists recommend the following actions for all women who are trying to conceive, especially those over the age of 35.

  • Eat a healthy diet that includes folic acid and other essential nutrients.
  • Maintain a healthy weight and BMI.
  • Stay physically active, but don’t do more than your doctor recommends.
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
  • Seek care from a fertility specialist if you have tried to conceive for six months without success.
  • Seek care from a fertility specialist if you have two or more miscarriages.

With the right lifestyle choices and medical care, you can get pregnant and give birth to a healthy baby. Please contact us if you are looking for a Los Angeles maternal age specialist. For more than 30 years, USC Fertility has been providing cutting-edge fertility care to patients from around the United States and the world.