Let's face it: Pregnancy can be challenging —both physically and emotionally—whether you're 21 or 41. But as more and more women delay having children, we no longer bat an eye when mamas of a certain age, from celebs like Halle Berry to our coworkers and next-door neighbors, appear to sail through pregnancy and deliver healthy, bouncing babies.
"AMA women with preeclampsia had increased risk especially for preterm deliveries and small-for-gestational-age-infants (SGA). AMA women who were smoking had increased risk especially for low birth weight (LBW), preterm deliveries, foetal death and SGA-infants. AMA women who were overweight or obese had increased risk especially for preterm deliveries, foetal death, large-for-gestational-age"•infants (LGA), Caesarean and preeclampsia. AMA women diagnosed with GDM had increased risk especially for preterm deliveries, foetal death, LGA-infants and preeclampsia."
Yikes! However, the study points out that identifying older moms-to-be in these at-risk categories could mean earlier detection of complications and lead to healthier moms and babies—and that's good news for moms of any age.