Previous research showed that women should not wait to give birth till their 35 because of possible health risks that may arise. However, a recent study contradicts this by claiming that the risks could appear much earlier – five years earlier.

Problems, including premature delivery and stillbirth, increase up to 20% for women around the age of 30 to 34. The study was conducted at the Karolinska Institute located in Stockholm, Sweden as well as at the University of Bergen and was led by Professor Ulla Waldenström. The team of researchers looked into data that involved first time mothers in Norway and in Sweden with the age of at least 30, along with data about younger moms from 25 to 29 years old.

The Findings

Based on the results of the study, there are indeed negative effects on delaying motherhood until a woman is 30 years old. It does not matter whether the mother-to-be smokes or not. Being overweight also does not play a role on the risks. However, if a woman gets pregnant at 30 to 34 years old, smokes, and is also overweight, the risks are even greater.

Specialists and fertility and obstetricians in England have warned women about the health risks associated with putting off motherhood until their 30s. Some of them may not become mothers at all due to high rates of infertility and stillbirth.

Results also showed that women, even in their early 30s, have an increased risk of giving birth prematurely up to 20%. Premature babies can be born anywhere from 22 weeks to 31 weeks. Although there are premature babies who survive and have a normal life, there are many who eventually die or have a birth defect. Unfortunately for some older women, they don’t become mothers because their pregnancy ends up in still birth, where the baby dies inside the womb.

Previously, women who are 30 to 34 years old were not considered as at risk as they delay motherhood. But this new research shows that the increased risk of preterm birth, mortality of the newborn baby, and still birth is almost the same as getting pregnant when a woman is 35 to 39 years old. According to Waldenström, the risk is actually small for a woman as an individual. However, for a community at large, there are complications that may happen when a woman gets pregnant after 30. In this regard, it is safe to say that age does matter when it comes to pregnancy, which is exactly what the study aims to educate both men and women about.