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What are the risks of getting pregnant after age 35?

Kimberly D. McCulloch, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Most women can safely have a pregnancy over the age of 35, but there are some considerations that women will need to take. There is an increased risk every year over the age of 35 of babies with chromosome abnormalities, specifically Down syndrome, but other chromosome abnormalities are more common after the age of 35. We offer early screenings for chromosomal abnormalities. We also talk about things like an increased risk of gestational diabetes, as well as high blood pressure or preeclampsia during pregnancy. There are some studies that indicate that the placenta will fail a little bit earlier in women who are over 35.

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