Reducing Your Risk of Chromosomal Abnormalities
The risk of passing a chromosomal abnormality on to your baby increases with the mother’s age. Although, there has been substantial research and development in this field so most women in their late 30s and 40s can have a health 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 before you try to conceive to review your medical conditions, medications, and immunizations.
- Take a prenatal vitamin containing 400 micrograms of folic acid daily 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, like 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.
Pregnancy after 35. March of Dimes website. Available at: http//:www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/14332_1155.asp. Accessed September 5, 2005.
Last reviewed April 2009 by ]]>Igor Puzanov, MD ]]>
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