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Risks of Being an Older Mom

The Risks of Having a Child Over the Age of 35

Societal trends increasingly show women are waiting to conceive well into their thirties. You may be one of these women who wanted to establish a career and "enjoy life" before getting pregnant for the first time. Or, perhaps you want a baby with your second partner. With today's medical advancements and understanding of pregnancy, the chances of having a successful pregnancy and healthy baby have increased. However, there are still risks involved:

  • A study conducted by the University of California, Davis, concluded that older moms are at a higher risk of having a child with autism.
  • The chances of having multiples increases, which cause further late-pregnancy risks.
  • Older women have an increased chance of developing gestational diabetes. Women with gestational diabetes tend to have larger babies, which can lead to labor and delivery complications.
  • Women over 35 are at a higher risk for having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome.
  • The need for a C-section is greater. Older women's bodies are not as well-suited for delivering a baby.
  • The risk of prolonged labor is higher. Older mothers have a higher risk of a long labor, putting the baby in distress.

You Should Be Made Aware of These Risks

Doctors and nurses have a professional responsibility to warn of pregnancy risks, as well as take measures to prevent birth injuries and birth defects in high-risk pregnancies. Failure to do so may be cause for a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you are an older mom whose child suffered a birth injury or birth defect, it can be helpful to discuss your options with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer.

The Birth Injury Team is a subsidiary of Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman, P.C., made up of experienced attorneys and medical professionals. Our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience handling birth injury cases. We are assisted by an experienced team of medical experts who can help you understand the cause of your child's birth injury. Our birth injury team is dedicated to guiding you through the process of securing the care and support you need.

To discuss your needs with one of our professionals, contact our office, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We serve clients across the United States.


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