Management of Advanced Maternal Age

Women who become pregnant after age 35 are more likely to have preexisting health problems and are therefore more at risk of experiencing complications such as high blood pressure and diabetes during pregnancy. There is also an increased risk of birth defects caused by missing, damaged or extra chromosomes. Women who are pregnant at an advanced maternal age should be seen more frequently for close monitoring by a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, a physician specially trained to treat high-risk pregnancies.

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