Pregnancy After 40

Questions to Ask Your Maternal Fetal Specialist When Having a Baby at 40

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Written by Michelle Johnson

Whether this is your first pregnancy or you’ve been pregnant before, no pregnancy is the same. However, having a baby at 40 or older is considered a high risk pregnancy age. So, be sure to always ask as many questions as possible. Here’s a list to get you started:

1) Is there a “right” amount of weight to gain during pregnancy?

2) I know I should feel some discomfort during pregnancy, but how can I tell what’s normal and what’s not?

3) What tests will I need during my pregnancy?

4) How can I decide whether to have a test for birth defects?

5) How many calories should I be eating on a daily basis?

6) How can I make sure I get all the calcium, iron, and other nutrients I need?

7) What type of exercise is safe for me to do?

8) I don’t have a lot of time or I feel too tired to exercise. How much exercise do I need?

9) I thought I would be happy all the time once I became pregnant, but I feel sad a lot of the time. Is there something that I can do about that?

10) I have a lot of responsibilities in my life right now, how can I reduce the stress in my life?

11) When should I start planning for labor and delivery?

12) How can I learn more about my options for labor and delivery?

Disclaimer: The content in this article is merely the writer's opinion and information - not advice. If you have questions, you should always seek the advice of a doctor or another appropriate medical professional.