Story by: Kim Huston on July 9, 2018
Millennials are delaying milestones such as getting married and starting a family, and it’s reflected in U.S. birth rates — more women are giving birth at age 35 and older.
The mean age for the birth of a first child is at an all-time high of 26.6 years old, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women having their first child between ages 35 and 39 have skyrocketed since the 1980s. The rates of women age 40 to 44 having their first child has increased fourfold from the mid-80s to now.
While the statistics can sound scary, having a healthy pregnancy after age 35 is possible. Here’s what you can do to get ready and consider during pregnancy:
Your OB/GYN or midwife may refer you to a perinatologist for extra care. At Norton Healthcare, our perinatologists are called maternal-fetal medicine specialists. They are trained at caring for high-risk pregnancies in which mom or baby may be experiencing a health condition.
Maternal-fetal medicine specialists go to medical school for obstetrics and gynecology. They then complete fellowships focused on the obstetrical, medical and surgical complications of pregnancy. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists work closely with you to help you understand the latest approaches to managing your pregnancy.
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