The news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan are expecting their first child, just five months following their nuptials, is joyous news indeed.
There was speculation, that the couple would begin trying to expand their family sooner rather than later.
We all know, Prince Harry’s desire for children. And so, it was expected that both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will soon expand their family.
She isn’t a young first-time mum, with the average age around the world now 30. With any pregnancy over the age of 35 comes with increased risks.
However Melbourne obstetrician, Dr Joseph Sgroi, says it’s not all bad news.
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“It’s true that mothers over the age of 35 have an increased chance of pregnancy related diabetes and high blood pressure. This can sometimes lead to smaller babies as well as larger than average”.
“On a positive note, babies born to mothers older than the age of 35 have better neuro-developmental outcomes. In Australia, the proportion of mothers having their first baby at 35 years and over has doubled”.
Dr Sgroi says general advice for older mothers includes maintaining a healthy diet.
“Given that Australia has excellent food there won’t be any issues regarding food safety. However the general advice regarding food avoidance is just as important overseas here in Australia as it is in the UK”.
Also read: Meghan Markle Is Desperate To Get Pregnant, Thinks Harry Will Be A Great Father.
“Caesarean rates are higher among older mothers. Specially those having their first baby. Almost one-third of older mothers had a caesarean section compared with about 20 percent of the younger mothers”.
He says there’s also a risk that babies born to older expectant mothers will be born pre-term, at less than 37 weeks gestation.