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Am I at higher risk of high blood pressure and diabetes if I am pregnant and over 35?

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You may be more likely to develop high blood pressure or diabetes during pregnancy. These conditions can cause problems including miscarriage, growth problems in your baby, or complications during birth.

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: "FAQ: Later Childbearing," "FAQ: Genetic Disorders," "FAQ: Nutrition During Pregnancy," "Weight Gain During Pregnancy," "Screening for Birth Defects."

CDC: "Pregnancy and Prenatal Care."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "First Trimester Screening for Down Syndrome and Trisomies 13 & 18."

March of Dimes: "Pregnancy After 35," “Your Pregnant Body,” “Stress and Pregnancy.”

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "What is a High Risk Pregnancy?" "Who Is at Risk for Preterm Labor and Birth?"

National Sleep Foundation: “How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?”

Nybo Andersen, A. , 2000. BMJ

Office on Women’s Health: "Prenatal Care and Tests," "Pregnancy Complications."

UC Davis Health System: "Pregnancy After 35: Take Good Care of Yourself."

USDA National Agricultural Library.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on May 11, 2016

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: "FAQ: Later Childbearing," "FAQ: Genetic Disorders," "FAQ: Nutrition During Pregnancy," "Weight Gain During Pregnancy," "Screening for Birth Defects."

CDC: "Pregnancy and Prenatal Care."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "First Trimester Screening for Down Syndrome and Trisomies 13 & 18."

March of Dimes: "Pregnancy After 35," “Your Pregnant Body,” “Stress and Pregnancy.”

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "What is a High Risk Pregnancy?" "Who Is at Risk for Preterm Labor and Birth?"

National Sleep Foundation: “How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?”

Nybo Andersen, A. , 2000. BMJ

Office on Women’s Health: "Prenatal Care and Tests," "Pregnancy Complications."

UC Davis Health System: "Pregnancy After 35: Take Good Care of Yourself."

USDA National Agricultural Library.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on May 11, 2016

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