Pregnant Women Above 35 Risk Complications – Gynaecologist
Concerned over mortality rate of pregnant women in the country, a medical don has come out to enlighten women on late pregnancies.
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According to Dr Abubakar Kadas, the HOD of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department in the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBU-TH), being pregnant at age 35 and above poses danger to the health of the woman.
The medical professional revealed that pregnant women from mid-thirties are likely to have complications before the baby is born and after the baby is born.
Kadas made this disclosure in an interview today in Bauchi. Using medical terms, he described the complications which such women are likely to go through as pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, diabetes, and other diseases which may endanger their lives.
He also noted that such women are likely not to be able to give birth to children themselves except being operated upon.
In his words, “As women grow older, the fertility also decreases significantly.” “Genetic problems sometimes leads to higher rate of cesarean sessions.”
speaking further during the interview, Kadas revealed that getting pregnant at those ages can also have a negative effect on the unborn child.
He stressed that the risk is even higher for such women who are pregnant with their first child.
Quoting him,“The pregnancy is of high risk so also the life of the baby especially in women with first pregnancy at that age. “Some of the children are born with a deformity like down syndrome”.
He also revealed that teenage pregnancies are also hazardous to both the health of the baby and the mother.
However, he advised women to always visit reputable medical hospitals as soon as they are pregnant in order for them to have access to proper medical care.