Having Babies Later in Life


– You know, the biological
clock, it’s a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to run your life. Studies from the CDC show
more women over the age of 40 are having children these days. Dr. Tim Martin, an OB/GYN
with Women’s Health Care Group at Overland Park Regional, here now, with a look at this
increase, and the risks that come along with it. So thank you for joining us. – Thank you. – From the women you see in your practice, why are you hearing their delay? – Well, I think a lot of women are just delaying childbearing in order to go ahead and further
their careers a little bit. – Yeah, yeah, job-related, a lot of times. – Job-related, seeing if they can go ahead and get themselves set up for the latter part of their lives, and then children start
to come into the fore. – [Carolyn] So what about
complications they may be in for? – Well, first of all, they
do have an increased risk of infertility and that’s something that they should address
with their doctor, if their periods are irregular, if they have any signs or
symptoms of anything amiss, but definitely that’s their first issue. And then they do also have complications when they become pregnant. – [Carolyn] Okay, what
are those complications that you worry about? – Well–
– Mainly. – [Dr. Martin] There’s
definitely an increased risk of multiple gestation, both spontaneously, and if they do assisted
reproductive technologies or infertility treatments.
– Sure. – There’s also increased
risk of gestational diabetes, preterm labor, hypertension,
increased risk of C-section, so there are definitely some things that you need to watch out for. – [Carolyn] Is there any
way to lessen those risks? – [Dr. Martin] General
things that everybody should think about, eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight. Again, if you are having any problems, seeing a physician, or definitely, if you’re 40 or over, seeing a physician for a preconceptional
visit is an excellent– – [Carolyn] Probably a good move, yeah. Dr. Martin, thank you
so much for stopping by. And for more on all of these questions you may still have about this topic, go to HCA Midwest Health on kctv5.com. Just click on the health tab.

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