Geriatric Pregnancy

Definition - What does Geriatric Pregnancy mean?

A geriatric pregnancy refers to any pregnancy that occurs above the age of 35 years. However, this term has become obsolete now and is better known as advanced maternal age (AMA).

FertilitySmarts explains Geriatric Pregnancy

According to a CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) report, the rate at which women become mothers for the first time after their 30s continues to rise. Advanced-aged-mothers are considered to be at a greater risk of giving birth to a baby with genetic problems, having miscarriages, and enduring several other gynecological and medical complications. Because of these expected hurdles, these women are often treated as being "high risk." This idea of being "at-risk" may actually create undue anxiety and worry for certain women, further complicating the situation.

In contrast to the documented risks, first time older mothers may have certain benefits over younger women. For instance, the CDC states that first time older mothers often have a higher level of education and are more likely to have a higher income than their younger counterparts.

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