Remember "Advanced Maternal Age” Is Not Your Diagnosis
Any pregnant woman over 35 is considered within the “advanced maternal age” category. Sounds awful, but it’s the medical world’s way of saying it considers a pregnancy at high risk for complications. It doesn’t mean an individual woman is destined to have a problem. It’s a label, not a diagnosis. Think positively.
Embrace the Tons of Prenatal Testing
While the odds of having a completely normal baby are still in your favor, you’ll be scheduled for a battery of exams looking for diabetes and high blood pressure. Prenatal testing that can identify Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities should be done just to be on the safe side.
Take Excellent Care of Yourself
Make sure you take in some rays of sunshine for a vitamin D boost. Be sure to eat well and avoid processed foods. Consume lots of fruits and vegetables, along with protein and iron rich foods. Be sure to exercise daily so you gain a healthy amount of weight. And keep your blood pressure and blood sugar under control.