Birth over 35

Birth over 35

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Birth statistics from the Office for National Statistics show that more women than ever before become mothers later in life. The trend is also backed up by figures from other countries around the world. In developed countries there is an upsurge in the age of mothers giving birth for the first time, and in the UK alone there are now more first-time mothers giving birth in the 30-34 age group than in the 25-29 age group. There is also a 50% increase from 10 years ago in the number of women aged 40 - 44 who are having a baby. Women over 35 (or even younger) expecting a first baby are automatically assigned to a qhigh riskq category, at risk for problems such as hypertension, pre-eclampsia, diabetes, difficult labour, and caesarean section. Research, however, suggests that the mother's overall health is more important than age per se. This updated version of Birth Over 35 (Sheldon Press 1994, Birth Over 30, Sheldon Press 1982) provides the specialist information needed by 'older' mothers.Sometimes it has to be used, but only for cardiac disease, not for high blood pressure. ... weeks before the baby is due, since it stops the babya#39;s blood clotting. ... Check that you are immune to rubella by asking your doctor to do a blood test.

Title:Birth over 35
Author:Sheila Kitzinger
Publisher:SPCK - 2011-07-22


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