Health Tip: Having a Baby After Age 35

Oct. 16 -- (HealthDay News) -- While many women have successful pregnancies after age 35, certain complications can occur more frequently in women of that age group.

If you're 35 or older, before you try to conceive, consider this information provided by the American Pregnancy Association:

  • Make an appointment with your doctor to address your questions and concerns.
  • Don't get discouraged if you don't get pregnant right away. On average, it takes women 35 and older one to two years to conceive.
  • Get yourself in good physical, emotional and mental health. Avoid alcohol, smoking and caffeine.
  • Learn when you are most fertile. Watch for signs that you are ovulating.
  • Take an at-home fertility test that screens for fertility elements in both men and women.
  • If you haven't been able to conceive after six months of trying, talk to your doctor about the possibility of fertility testing.