Babies after 40: How to reduce pregnancy and childbirth risks

December 13, 2016
  • When you're over 40 years old
    1 / 4 When you're over 40 years old

    Here’s what you should do to minimise pregnancy and childbirth risks, shares Dr Tan Eng Loy, consultant at the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at Singapore General Hospital

     

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  • If you’re trying for a baby
    2 / 4 If you’re trying for a baby

    See your doctor to ensure you have good control of any existing medical issues like diabetes or heart conditions. 

    You may have to adjust your medication so it doesn’t affect your chances of becoming pregnant or your unborn baby’s health if you conceive. 

    Related: Pregnancy in your 40s: what you should know about the trend

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  • If you’re pregnant
    3 / 4 If you’re pregnant

    Make a gynae appointment as soon as your home urine pregnancy test kit shows positive results, around five to six weeks, so you get proper antenatal care. 

    Stay up-to-date with screening tests such as those for Down syndrome and detailed ultrasound scans. You will also be checked for gestational diabetes, usually done between 24 and 28 weeks.

    Related: Why Tjin Lee waited until she was almost 40 to have her first child

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  • If you’re in your third trimester
    4 / 4 If you’re in your third trimester

    Closer to your estimated due date, at around 39 weeks, you may be induced for labour to lower your risk of a possible stillbirth. Discuss this with your doctor.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

    Related: She conceives first baby naturally at age 41, after 6 years of infertility

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