Although 30 may sound like a great age to have a baby, there may be some risks involved with this age group that most do not realize. At 30 years old, most women will successfully be able to conceive, carry and go through labor, however if you are overweight by 20 pounds or more or have medical problems such as arthritis or diabetes this may be a little more challenging. These issues could pose potential problems beginning with conception and carrying through to labor and delivery. These problems may vary from person to person and will depending on each person’s individual problems. However, the main areas of concern are those who are over weight.
Being overweight at 30and pregnant can cause a long list of complications. These complications mostly derive from being over weight. Gestational diabetes which is a common concern and a very real risk will cause many problems such as regular diabetes would. Blindness, overweight babies, high blood pressure and even stillbirth can all be caused by gestational diabetes.
At 30 years old, other risks are associated with childbirth such as an incompetent cervix. This can happen in any woman but the risk is greater as you age. An incompetent cervix is where after conception and in the first trimester the cervix fails to close. This can cause a miscarriage if not treated appropriately. In most cases, however the problem is not severe enough for surgical procedures although they will recommend that you stay in bed and get plenty of rest. They will also discourage any physical activity at this point because it will cause stress on the cervix and uterus.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is also a risk that is associated with both obesity and age, together or separate. P.C.O.S is the formation of small benign cysts that will form on the ovaries, in some cases this will cause infertility. P.C.O.S will cause some pain and mild discomfort in the lower abdomen making pregnancy increasingly uncomfortable. Although there are very few direct treatments for P.C.O.S, they can treat any pain that is associated with this disease as it progresses. In the very worst of cases sometimes, a complete or partial hysterectomy will be suggested as a solution.
Other risks during pregnancy may include a hard or even prolonged labor. When this happens, most obstetricians will suggest a cesarean section or C-section delivery to eliminate any possible stress or birth injury to the baby. Birth injuries are typically caused by the lack of oxygenated blood to the baby during delivery. This can be cause by a number of reasons age being one of the prime factors.