Will Getting Pregnant After 40 Increase The Risk Of Heart Attack And Stroke?

Motherhood is the dream of most women out there, be it home-makers or career-oriented ones.

Giving birth to a child and watching him/her grow up is truly a transcendental experience that only a mother can explain.

However, sometimes, nature is not very kind to some women and they may not be able to conceive during their ideal age frame, which is from 20 to 35 years.

It could be due to various reasons such as infertility, health complications or even personal causes like lack of time or income to start a family, not finding the right partner, etc.

Also Read: Problems of Having A Late Pregnancy

Whatever the reason may be, if a woman tries to get pregnant after the age of 35, then she may be putting herself and her baby under risk.

Research claims that older women who conceive are more prone to deliver babies with certain disorders like Down's syndrome, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing troubles, etc.

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The quality of a woman's eggs tend to deteriorate after she hits the 35 number, so it is always advised to take extra precautions if it is a late pregnancy.

Also, along with putting her baby's health at risk, if a woman who is over the age of 40 tries to get pregnant, she may also be prone to serious diseases like coronary ailments, heart attacks and stroke, is what a new study opines.

What Happens If You Get Pregnant After 40?

A recent research study that was conducted compared the rate of cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes between women who conceived after 40 and women who conceived before 40 years of age.

The results proved that the rate of heart attacks and strokes were higher in women who conceived after 40 years.

Also Read: Is 30 Too Late To Get Pregnant?

Experts say that, pregnancy causes many physiological changes in a woman's body and there is a lot of pressure and strain on her blood vessels and cardiovascular system during that phase.

The cardiovascular system of women weakens with age, so women who have crossed the age of 40 may not be able to withstand the physical strain of pregnancy, hence they may be more prone to heart attacks and strokes.

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How Can The Risk Be Lowered?

If you are a woman who wants to get pregnant after the age of 40, then you must ensure that you make healthy lifestyle changes by following a nutritious diet, regular exercise, consuming vitamins, etc.

You must also seek professional help and have your self constantly monitored, if you are pregnant. Doctors can also scan your womb or test your blood to try and detect if your baby has any abnormalities or let you know if you are at a possible risk.

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Story first published: Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 17:00 [IST]
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