If you're a woman past the age of 35 who is pregnant or trying to conceive, you're likely aware of the concerns that are often raised regarding having children later in life. Those concerns are legitimate, but by taking proper precautions and closely coordinating with your obstetrician, you can minimize worry and risk for you and your baby.

What it means to be 'high risk'

As natural as childbirth is, it always comes with associated risks that increase as women age. For example, a woman older than 35 may not have issues with a pregnancy, but she could have more trouble getting pregnant because she has fewer and lower-quality eggs. Also, hormonal changes that cause a release of multiple eggs may lead to a greater chance of multiple births; such an outcome is often a result of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Other factors that may lead to a high-risk pregnancy include drinking, smoking, and health problems such as diabetes and