More risks as mums deliver later

Singapore mothers today tend to have babies when they are financially and emotionally ready.

Last year, almost seven in 10 babies were born to mothers aged 30 or older. Almost one in four of the 42,232 babies born here had a mum aged 35 or older.

This trend towards delaying motherhood has many drawbacks. Gynaecologists say the older the expectant mother is, the more likely she has conditions such as diabetes, and high blood pressure, which affects how well the pregnancy and birth goes.

The rate of miscarriage also increases.

By the age of 45, the woman has about a one-in-two risk of miscarrying.

Other pregnancy complications include placenta praevia, a condition in which the placenta partially or wholly blocks the neck of the uterus, interfering with normal delivery of a baby; and pre-eclampsia, in which the placenta is not working properly.

This article was first published on October 28, 2015.
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