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Twins Pregnancy After 35

If you're over 35 and pregnant, congratulations! Like you, more women than ever before are having babies later in life. But as an older mom-to be, you may be concerned about the increased risk for problems during pregnancy. Rest assured, most healthy women from age 35 on into their 40s have healthy babies. So try not to focus on your age. Below are some steps you can take to maximize your health and your babies' health during pregnancy.

How Can I Increase My Chances of Having Healthy Twins?

Get early and regular prenatal care. The first eight weeks of your pregnancy are very important to your twins' development. Early and regular prenatal care can increase your chances of having a safe pregnancy and healthy babies. Prenatal care includes screenings and regular exams, pregnancy and childbirth education, along with counseling and support.

Getting prenatal care also helps provide extra protection for women over 35. It allows your doctor to stay on top of health conditions that are more common in older pregnant women. For instance, your age may increase your risk for gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, a condition that causes high blood pressure along with protein in the urine. During prenatal visits, your doctor will check your blood pressure, test your urine for protein and sugar, and test your blood glucose levels. That way, any potential problems can be caught and treated early.

Consider optional prenatal tests for women over 35. Your doctor may offer you special prenatal tests that are particularly applicable for older moms. These test help determine the risk of having babies with birth defects. Ask your doctor about these tests so you can learn the risks and benefits and decide what's right for you.

Take prenatal vitamins. All women of childbearing age should take a daily prenatal vitamin containing at least 400 micrograms of folic acid. Getting enough folic acid every day before and during the first three months of pregnancy can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. Taking folic acid adds an important level of protection for older women, who have a higher risk of having babies with birth defects.

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