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Elderly Primigravida

Last Updated: January 29, 2020

Definition - What does Elderly Primigravida mean?

An elderly primigravida is a woman who is 35 years or older and is pregnant for the first time.

FertilitySmarts explains Elderly Primigravida

Within the medical community abbreviated terms are frequently used to describe a woman's obstetric history.

The latin prefix "primi" denotes the first occurrence and "gravidity" refers to the number of times that a woman has been pregnant.

The "elderly" aspect of the term is an outdated way to describe the age at which there is generally an increased genetic and obstetric risk. More frequently referred to as advanced maternal age (AMA), complications for women of this age group can include an increased:

  • Risk of hypertension
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Low lying placenta
  • Preeclampsia
  • Miscarriage
  • Birth defects
  • C-section delivery
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