If you’re thinking of delaying pregnancy beyond 30 years of age, think again. Not only is it perilous for the health of the mother, it is also a great risk to the child’s health.

In the present world woman are becoming more and more aware. They all want to lead an independent life and achieve a successful career, which is great and highly encouraged. However, this also means that they need to struggle more in maintaining a balance between their personal life and career. The initial years in establishing their career are more difficult giving them little time to focus on the personal life. The end result of it is that the average age at which women get married has increased, also delaying pregnancy beyond the age of 30 years.

It is only appropriate that all women, working or not, should know that if the pregnancy is delayed too much, it involves a health risk to her and the child. No matter how important it is for a woman to attain a successful career, she is equally desirous of being a mother to a healthy child. With falling years there is a possible risk that she may never be succeed in conceiving or complete her pregnancy.

Women are at their maximum reproductive potential in the twenties. As the age advances the risk involved with pregnancy increases. There is deterioration in the creation of eggs with age, getting worse after 38. With increased age there are more chances of other gynecological problems like fibroid, endometriosis. Between the age of 40-44 women finally achieve menopause, i.e. they no longer produce more eggs. All these problems can either lead to infertility or risks in pregnancy.

Besides the gynecological issues, women also have increased risk of suffering from hypertension or diabetes. There can be other hormonal disorders which can affect pregnancy.

Risks involved with delaying pregnancy beyond 30 years are as below:

  • First of all, it becomes quite difficult to conceive that indirectly causes personal and psychological issues
  • The incidence of complications increases for both child and the mother during the pregnancy and birth.
  • Greater chances of maternal health issues including hypertension and diabetes that can have complications of their own.
  • The risk of miscarriage increases above the age of 35.
  • The risk of twins and triplets increases which are again associated with risks of their own.
  • The risk of congenital abnormalities like Down’s syndrome.
  • The risk of pre-eclampsia increases.
  • During the labor there can be problems like prolonged labor and assisted surgery, and Caesarean section might be required.
  • There is high risk of still birth.
  • The risk of maternal mortality is high too.

Thus, it is essential that the couple plan pregnancies before the age of 30 years so avoid late pregnancy related complications. They should also attend pre-pregnancy counseling in order to clear their doubts. Also, regularly get yourself checked for screening any health related problems.