Late childbirth

Late childbirth - possible difficulties and dangers

A unique answer to the question of whether it is good or bad to give birth after 35 years can not give either gynecologists or psychologists. There are physiological and psychological advantages and disadvantages of late delivery.

Physiology of Late Childbirth

Modern medicine of women after 35 years practically "cheating". On all sides, it has been argued that the health of women only worsens over the years. It is difficult to argue, however, each organism is individual, and there are exceptions to all the rules. However, the statistics stubbornly states that chronic diseases make themselves felt with special force after 30 years, because it is at this age that the natural aging of the body begins. Women's health is ruined by bad habits, poor nutrition, dirty air, constant stress, unhealthy lifestyle. All this can not but affect the bearing of the late child and his health.

All the same statistics claim that the risk of having children with congenital pathologies increases if pregnancy occurs after 35 years. Such anomalies include heart defects, musculoskeletal system, gastrointestinal tract, as well as an increasingly frequent Down's disease. However, the effect on these pathologies of the age of the first-born woman has not been fully proven. Contribute to this outcome of abnormalities during pregnancy and childbirth. And again, doctors point out that it is the late pregnancy that has a number of complications and sometimes unfavorable. After 30 years, the possibility of developing an ectopic pregnancy increases, the threat of termination of pregnancy at various times becomes high, the pregnant woman is tormented by late gestosis, increased blood pressure, anemia, swelling, and other "pregnant" ailments.

With complications, often "late birth" itself. Quite often there is a premature or borne pregnancy, premature passage of amniotic fluid, weakness of labor, fetal hypoxia.are resolved exclusively by cesarean section. Muscles become less elastic with age, joints are less elastic, and pelvic bones disperse much more heavily, as a result of all this during a natural birth, complications threatening the life of both the mother and her child may occur.

Adverse predictions in the postpartum period: prolonged healing of birth wounds, lactation and breastfeeding problems, postpartum depression. Although the practice shows that a healthy child can independently give birth to a woman of any age, because the main thing is that the pregnancy is conscious and planned.

Most likely, the above refers to the minuses of late birth. Although in fact there are a number of positive points. Many experts say, that late births rejuvenate the body of a woman in the truest sense of the word. To all fault hormones, for example estrogen, which are actively produced during pregnancy and have a beneficial effect on the woman's body. According to some studies, a pregnant 40-year-old woman, for health reasons, is equal to a 20-year-old girl. It is the hormones of pregnancy that contribute to lowering cholesterol, normalize blood pressure, strengthen bones, tone up muscle tissue and skin. And in the postpartum period, when a woman feeds her baby, special hormones are produced that continue to positively influence the health and appearance of the mother. Certainly, experts agree, the secret lurks in female psychology.

Psychology of late delivery

There are various reasons for late delivery. The most sad is infertility. After years of treatment and unsuccessful attempts to conceive and endure the baby, even if a long-awaited pregnancy occurs at 50, the woman will not give up the idea of ??giving birth to her first-born.

However, more and more often late births are conscious and have very prosaic reasons. In the first place - material prosperity, career growth, achievement of goals and a conscious idea to have a child. Many women knowingly plan to achieve some success in their work, improve their financial situation and only then give birth to the heir. The main "excuse" of early childbirth is financial inconsistency. They say, firmly and confidently standing on their feet, we can give our baby all the best. However, I'll let myself philosophize: life is an unpredictable thing. In 35 years, the whole world can be at our feet, and already in 40 - a broken trough.

What does this say about qualified psychologists? And then opinions differ, as usual.

It is believed that the physiological maturity for the birth of a child appears between 20-25 years, but psychological after 10 years. It is at the age of 30 that a woman is psychologically ready to become a mother and with a positive accepts all sorts of difficulties when carrying and giving birth to her baby.

Women of middle age, becoming a mother, flourish. They devote themselves entirely to their first-born. Their motherhood is conscious. Life experience is great enough, therefore, upbringing is different. No wonder they say that the late children are child prodigies. And not because they were born like that, experts say. The whole reason is that they are more engaged in them. Mums do not have to split up between a child and a career, she is more enduring and consistent, knows what she wants from life and can teach her baby a lot.

The most controversial topic is the custody of late children. Some psychologists say that women of age rarely spoil and overprotect their first-born, while others say that late children suffer from hyper-care, which harms not only psychologically, but also physically. Very often overly responsible mummies for any reason are dragged along by various doctors and always treat their child.

There are other problems of "late parents". They are afraid that they will not be able to or will not have time to grow their baby and put them on their feet. However, statistics show that such parents live longer, because they have a purpose in life. Many scientists argue that only those people live long, who see the meaning of their lives and have clear goals.

Some scientists give birth after 40 years as a manifestation of female egoism. Children who are born to very young mothers are doomed to early orphanhood or burdensome care of elderly parents. This opinion is shared by the famous pediatrician Barry Walters. He recommends giving birth to the first children no later than 37 years.

An interesting fact laid out by the staff of Richmond University. They believe that later motherhood gives the woman's brain the impetus for development. After all, there are new requirements, and therefore the brain activity is activated. So moms with the birth of heirs are getting smarter.


In ancient times and in the Middle Ages hopeless in terms of motherhood were women, who did not give birth to their first child before the age of 20. In those days, a 40-year-old woman was considered an old woman. Only in the middle of the 20th century "old-timers" medicine named women who first gave birth after 27 years. Now even the birth after 40 years have ceased to be something awesome and unusual.

Therefore, dear ladies, regardless of age, remember the main thing: a child should be desired, only then there are maximum chances to give birth to him healthy and strong.

Believe in your strength and give birth! Experience the joy of motherhood!

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