Advanced Maternal Age – Pregnancy After 35

Advanced maternal age is defined as an expectant mother who will be 35 at the time of delivery.  Many women well into their 30’s and beyond are delivering healthy babies, however it is the age at which certain issues are recognized in pregnancy.

Risks

Some risks associated with a pregnancy after 35 include a multiple pregnancy, a higher risk of pregnancy loss and a higher risk of delivering a baby with chromosomal abnormalities.  Women that fit into the advanced maternal age category are also more likely to develop gestational diabetes and high blood pressure.

Making Healthy Choices

Seeking regular prenatal care during your pregnancy will help your provider monitor you and your baby’s health.  Eating a healthy diet is extremely important to your baby’s growth and development.  We encourage women to take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid daily and to eat lots of protein and other essential nutrients.   Staying active can help to improve your overall health and prepare your body for labor and childbirth.

Prenatal Testing Available

There are several screening and diagnostic tests available to you during pregnancy.  Some screening tests that are done here at our office include, the First Trimester Screen, NIPT, AFP and ultrasounds.  These screens are non-invasive to the baby and can provide information about whether you are at increased risk for certain conditions.

If you are interested in more information regarding screening or diagnostic testing during your pregnancy, please ask your provider at your next visit.

Patient Portal

Our Patient Portal will allow meaningful patient engagement with a variety of tools, empowering our patients to better manage their health care.

*New patients must register with our office before using the patient portal.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our policies and restrictions are being updated frequently.

We are once again offering all services in both our Raleigh and Holly Springs locations. As always, our patient’s health and safety are a top priority, especially during this challenging time. Our office is taking several steps to ensure all Federal, State, and Local safety measures are adhered to. This includes:

  • Screening all patients upon arrival
  • Requiring masks be worn over the nose and mouth at all times throughout the appointment
  • Modifying schedules to allow for social distancing
  • Requiring patients attend appointments alone; no visitors or children allowed at this time
  • Continuing to offer telehealth (telemedicine) appointments when applicable to existing patients

If you have an appointment and have COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or are concerned you may have been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 21 days, please call our office at 919-788-4444 for instructions. We may reschedule, adjust, or convert your visit to telehealth.

Our office supports the vaccinating of all patients against COVID-19, including pregnant and lactating women. For more information please visit the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) or the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).

For questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 symptoms, testing, vaccinations, or updates, please visit the NCDHHS or call the UNC Helpline at 888-850-2684.

For latest developments including COVID-19 vaccine information:

CDC NCDHHS ACOG