By Kaitlin Vogel, Feb 5, 2024

The medical term for people over 35 who become pregnant is “advanced maternal age,” said Dr. Kecia Gaither, MPH, double board certified in OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine and director of Perinatal Services/Maternal Fetal Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx. “With increased age comes an increased risk of attendant co-morbidities such as chronic hypertension, diabetes, and obesity,” Gaither told Healthline. “These co-morbidities, particularly hypertension, can increase the risk of preterm deliveries. Preeclampsia’s incidence is increased with advancing age — the treatment of preeclampsia is delivery — and thus iatrogenic preterm deliveries often occur.”

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