Enjoy motherhood lately (Mother’s Day is on May 14)


New Delhi, May 12: Late marriage and then children is not such a bad idea. Women are getting pregnant at the age of 30 and conceiving later on but risks are attached with that too, say doctors.

Celebrities like Halle Berry, Celine Dion, Farah Khan and Diana Hayden became doting mothers after hitting 40 and the same are with the high class women.

“Women opting for pregnancy in their 40s is on the rise, to the extent of about 20 to 30 per cent as compared to previous years. Most of them belong to the upper middle class and are career-oriented women,” Amita Shah, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Gurugram’s Columbia Asia Hospital, told IANS.

“Not meeting the right guy is the most important factor not to get married” before education and career.

Devikarani, a Manipur government official, could also enjoy the joys of motherhood late as she never wanted to get married.

Tough pregnancy?

“No, it was a normal delivery. But in the future it would be a little tough as they are still in primary school and I am almost 50. Had I become a mother on time, they would have been financially helping me,” said the government official.

“Chances of a high-risk pregnancy are more. There are more chances of miscarriages, down syndrome, hypertension, gestational diabetes and low-weight babies,” said Sarita Sabharwal, Senior Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at Dwarka’s Venkateshwar Hospital.

But “Parents in their 40s are ready, patient and self-assured. They are more experienced, more financially secure and comfortable in their career. It’s likely that it is a settled marriage, thus giving a good foundation for starting a family. Also, they are wiser, better educated and better equipped to make wiser parenting decisions,” said Walavalkar-Dalvi.

“For older mothers, being more educated, financially secure, prepared to make the necessary sacrifices that having a baby brings… more mature and understanding all the complexities associated with birth of a baby in late life, is a huge plus,” she said.

“So a healthy 40-year-old mother can have a much less risky pregnancy than one who is a healthy 28 if she prepares her body for pregnancy with a healthy lifestyle. Once pregnant, eating well, gaining the right amount of weight, being more vigilant can cut down the vast biological disadvantages of late motherhood,” she added.

Dhaliwal has the last word: “Every woman has to make her own decision, but having a healthy lifestyle, undertaking regular exercise, genetic counselling and testing for abnormalities in early pregnancy, and booking in early for antenatal care can help in being a mother at any age.”

Natalia Ningthoujam

Wefornews Bureau

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