Advice from Enzo Esposito, head of the Obstetrics Section of the Lugo Hospital (RA) and past-president of the Andria Scientific Association.
"In the past it was said - and we behaved accordingly - that pregnancies under the age of 20 and those over 40 were the most problematic" begins Esposito: "in the first case because the body would not yet be mature to carry on a pregnancy and enduring childbirth, in the second case because she would no longer be able to deal with both experiences.
Well, the body is certainly, in part, responsible for the progress of the pregnancy, but it cannot be said a priori that at 40 there are more problems. Today women between 40 and 50 years old are decidedly different compared to their peers even a few decades ago: they are super-active and well-groomed enough to be 'strong' at least like many twenty-year-olds!
“Personally, after years of obstetric practice, I have come to the conclusion that you can happily carry out a pregnancy and give birth in the best way at any age. I am also convinced that, if facing a pregnancy after the age of 35 can mean, for women, having more risks than in previous age groups, it is possible to assist them with the same chances of success and satisfaction on their part, compared to pregnancies. in women of 20 and 30 years.
Of course, miscarriages, premature births or low-weight babies may be more frequent, Amniocentesis or CVS should be performed more frequently, there may be disorders such as increased fatigue, the appearance of varicose veins and hemorrhoids, hypertension, gestosis, intolerance to sugars, but none of this can be worth giving up on motherhood. You just have to follow the pregnancy more scrupulously, taking into account greater attention to health and the daily alternation of activity and rest. All this does not mean limiting the ladies, but making them spend their pregnancy well with all the beneficial psychological effects of 'wanting to be a mother'.
All the answers on age and pregnancy
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