Is Having A Baby Over 35 As Risky As We Thought?

“Elderly,” in the language of obstetrics, refers to expectant mothers who are 35 or over. (Multigravida means I had been pregnant more than once. If it were my first pregnancy, my code would have read “Elderly Primagravida.” Just as bad!) But this is just one in a litany of quasi-ageist terms knocked-up over-35’s are blasted with: There was “advanced maternal age,” “geriatric pregnancy,” and the fact that I was considered “high-risk.”

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What You Should Know About Having A High-Risk Pregnancy

A high-risk pregnancy is a pregnancy with maternal and/or fetal complications that requires additional testing, surveillance, or medical or surgical interventions to either treat or assess the progressing pregnancy. A woman may enter a pregnancy already high risk or the pregnancy may start off as normal and become high risk as the pregnancy progresses.

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