Late pregnancy should be controlled in a special way before conception, because most of these pathologies affect especially the health of the future baby. In addition, it can not be denied that the biological clock does not forgive and that at older age, more chances that the baby has chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome, or congenital malformations, as well as a greater risk of being born with a weight more low or spontaneous abortions or premature births.
However, increasing the age of the mother is one of the “risk factors” with greater possibilities of control. At your disposal are all the technical advances that minimize complications and ensure that the pregnancy develops with absolute normality.
Techniques For Greater Control
Ultrasound is able to detect congenital malformations, fundamentally those of greater severity. There will be at least three, in weeks 12, 20 and 34 approximately, although the control will depend on the particular evolution of each pregnancy.
One of the best and latest news is that advanced maternal age is no longer sufficient on its own to indicate invasive fetal studies such as genetic amniocentesis. The information provided by the tests that make up the so-called screening of the first trimester or triple screening (echographic and biochemical studies) allows the detection of fetuses with a high risk of chromosomal abnormality and which pregnant women, therefore, would be the ones who would benefit the most from an invasive examination.
The care of the elderly mother also includes measures of a general and healthy nature:
Take, like any other pregnant minor, daily supplements of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects, especially spina bifida, before pregnancy and until it is over. The extra supply of supplements is also usually extended to iron and to preparations with specific vitamins and minerals indicated by the doctor.
Maintain a certain degree of physical activity especially in the first half of pregnancy, both to preserve the form and to help control diseases such as diabetes.
Eat in a healthy and balanced way and stop for foods rich in vitamins and minerals beneficial to the health of the fetus such as oranges, cereals, vegetables and legumes.
Eliminates toxic habits such as tobacco or alcohol that harm fetal development.