Mercy OB/GYN Dr. Erika Nichelson Discusses “Later Age Moms”
More and more women are waiting to have a baby.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over the last several decades, there has been an increasing trend in delaying pregnancy past the age of 40.
But waiting to have a child can present challenges.
According to Dr. Erika Nichelson, D.O., OB/GYN, with The Family Childbirth and Children’s Center at Mercy, there are steps you can take to help your chances of pregnancy. She recommends starting with a physical and blood work.
Also, certain blood tests can check the quality of a woman's eggs, estrogen levels and thyroid. She also says maintaining a healthy weight prior to conceiving is important, too.
“You want to eat healthy and exercise,” Dr. Nichelson said. “You want to start your prenatal vitamins with folic acid three months prior to trying to conceive, so that's important. I counsel patients to get started on that prenatal vitamin. If you're an exerciser, don't stop. Just try to optimize your health.”
Also when a patient is older, pre-eclampsia becomes a risk. That's when an expectant mother's blood pressure rises and high levels of protein show up in the urine after the 20th week of pregnancy.
To combat this, Dr. Nichelson often suggests patients take a low dose of baby aspirin.
View Mercy OB/GYN Dr. Erika Nichelson’s interview regarding having a baby later in life.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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