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Pregnancy After 35: Health Risks Meghan Markle Could Face Giving Birth At 37 And How To Reduce Them

Date September 4, 2019

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are enjoying a very special time in their lives – now they are a family of three.

When the royal couple introduced their newborn son Archie Harrison, Meghan looked stunning. Talking to the press, she said that being a mom “is magic”, and baby Archie has “the sweetest temperament”.

On Mother’s Day, the Sussexes shared a sweet picture of Archie’s tiny feet with blue flowers in the background.

When Meghan Markle announced her pregnancy, most people on social media congratulated the couple, but some felt compelled to emphasize Duchess Meghan's age:

It's true that 37 is considered "advanced maternal age", but is it a real problem?

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More women are choosing to have their first baby later in life

The Duchess of Sussex was 37 when she gave birth to her first baby. Her decision to have her first baby later in life reflects an overall trend in developed countries.

According to the report issued by the National Center for Health Statistics, the average age of first-time moms has been on the rise. In 2014, the mean age of first-time mothers was 26.3, the report said.

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What are the risks of having a baby in your mid-30s?

Although every pregnancy comes with certain risks, these risks may be higher in moms who are 35 and older. Women in this age group may be at a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes, having a baby with low birth weight, and having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality, among other things. These risks may not be very high, but they are still there.

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How to lower the risks

To have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, the following is recommended:

  1. Before trying for a baby, talk to your doctor first. It’s recommended to have a full health checkup and, probably, some specific additional screening tests your doctor may order.
  2. Go to your regular prenatal appointments to monitor your and your baby’s condition. If you have any worrying signs and symptoms, be sure to bring them up with your doctor.
  3. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. You may also need to up your intake of certain minerals and vitamins, such as folic acid, during pregnancy. Ask your doctor about quality prenatal supplements.
  4. Mild exercise is beneficial for expecting moms. Ask your doctor which specific types of exercise you can do, as vigorous exercise isn’t recommended.
  5. Stay at a healthy weight before and during pregnancy, as women whose BMI is too low or too high may be at a higher risk of complications.
  6. If you’re on any medicines, you may need to revise your dosage with your doctor.

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Judging by what we know about Duchess Meghan’s habits, it’s safe to assume she was in good health before pregnancy and after it. Baby Archie is healthy and his parents are happy. What can be better?

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