I had my first child at the age of 26. I am now 32 years old. Due to certain constraints, we cannot plan a baby in the next 2 years. We are really keen on having a second child, but I’m worried. I will be 36 years when I deliver the second child. Can I have normal pregnancy after 35 years of age?
There is no reason for you to be worried about having a child after you turn 36 years old, as long as you are healthy and have no fertility issues. It is true that fertility levels start dipping after the age of 35, which can lead to difficulty in conception. However, these days, there are many treatments available to ensure you have a healthy baby and a relatively easy pregnancy. However, you need to maintain a healthy way of life starting from right now, so that you do not suffer from lifestyle diseases like diabetes and hypertension, which can affect your pregnancy and baby’s well being.
Before you contemplate your second baby, consult your doctor who might recommend a pre-conception check-up for your husband and you. This is just to ensure that you are physically fit to handle a pregnancy.
You will also have to include nutritious food in your daily diet as well as 30 minutes of light exercise to keep yourself fit. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking and discuss your medications with your doctor. Be sure to include folic acid supplements as it prevents some complicated defects in babies. All the best for your second baby.