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 on a limited schedule basis in office. We will continue to offer telehealth visits to established patients and have extended availability in our Holly Springs location. As always, our patients' health and safety is a top priority, especially during this challenging time. Our office is taking several steps to ensure all Federal, State, and Local safety measures are taken. We will continue to screen all patients at the door and ask that you bring/wear a mask if you have one.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call the UNC helpline at 1-888-850-2684 before visiting our office, an urgent care location, hospital, or emergency room.

Please reschedule your appointment if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. This can be done through your patient portal or by calling our office at 919-788-4444.

As a courtesy to our patients and staff in order to reduce risk of exposure, we are DISCOURAGING VISITORS at this time. We REQUIRE that PATIENTS attend appointments ALONE.

With some schools being released, we ask that you PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT to arrange childcare to reduce exposure. We will be happy to reschedule your appointment to accommodate this request.

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