Advanced Maternal Age Risks Chicago | Obstetrician Chicago | Northwestern Women's Health Associates
Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, S.C
680 N. Lake Shore Drive #1200, Chicago, 60611 | Get Directions

Managing advanced maternal age risks with your Chicago obstetrician

Dr. Stanley Friedell, Northwestern Women's Health Associates S.C Managing advanced maternal age risks with your Chicago obstetrician

As time has gone on, we have seen an increase in women choosing to become pregnant later in life. A quick glance through medical literature, however, can cause a great deal of stress for the “older” mother-to-be. Thirty-five is by no means aged as it pertains to general health and wellness. When planning pregnancy, however, there are certain considerations to make in order to properly manage advanced maternal age risks. The physician team at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, in Chicago works with patients on a one-on-one basis to achieve optimal health for mom and baby during and after pregnancy.

Before pregnancy

  • Family planning should ideally begin before you become pregnant. Your experienced physician can perform a thorough medical history and examination to confirm the absence of genetic issues that may impact pregnancy. Pre-pregnancy visits also cover important issues such as diet and lifestyle habits to promote conception and a healthy pregnancy. Medical problems should be brought under control, if necessary, so they will not have an effect on the future pregnancy.
  • As age increases, conception may become more challenging. Working with your obstetrician, you can discover the steps to conception and determine if hormone levels are prime for becoming pregnant.
  • Your doctor should be advised of all current medications, prescription and otherwise. Before becoming pregnant, it is important to ensure the body is ready and that there are no medications that could complicate pregnancy in the blood.
  • Your doctor may suggest that certain supplementation begin while you are in the process of conception. Folic acid, in particular, is a supplement recommended for advanced maternal age as this acid can reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the growing fetus.

During pregnancy

Prenatal care is vital to any mother-to-be. Routine prenatal care involves monitoring of fetal development and maternal health. With our patients, we discuss healthy dietary and exercise habits such as avoiding high-mercury foods like fish and the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Exercise during pregnancy is safe and beneficial but should not go beyond what was done before pregnancy. Obvious recommendations include avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and recreational drugs.

In addition to routine care, we will offer specific testing for the pregnancy that occurs later in life. The testing often includes stepwise ultrasound and blood tests, amniocentesis, CVS, or cell free DNA.

Patients with advanced maternal age have increased risks for gestational diabetes, hypertension which can cause preeclampsia, small fetal growth, or increased risk for cesarean section. Our practice screens for all of these, as we guide you through them to get a healthy pregnancy.

The team at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates has many years of experience with pregnancy and delivery, even those that are complicated. If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant, schedule your visit with us sooner rather than later.

 

Back To Obstetrics Home Page

Comments are closed.


Appointment Request

By submitting the above form you agree and accept our Privacy Policy. I Accept
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Gerilynn H.


    Dr. Regina Belmonte has been providing all the services I have needed for over 12 years. She saw me through both of my pregnancies and her expertise is vast. Even after I moved far away from the city, I still embrace and look forward to her care and services, and I refuse to switch doctors. She is worth the trip! Going through both pregnancies I had to meet with all of the Dr's. and all were wonderful. The nurses are fantastic. I have gotten 98% of what I have ever needed just talking to a nurse. So grateful for this practice and so confident with the care I receive.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jelly T.


    Dr. Abbie Roth is GOLD!
    I have never met a doctor who is caring and brilliant and with a great sense of humor as doctor Abbie Roth. She is very professional and has an excellent bedside manner. When I had a life threatening complication after my C-section, she and her Prentice team of doctors and nurses were such an efficient team under pressure while making sure they explain every process and steps during the situation. Dr. Abbie Roth and her team literally saved my life! I am very fortunate to have met Dr. Roth, I will never forget her and will continue to see her for my future OB/Gyne health. I highly recommend this practice and Dr. Roth!
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jessica


    If you are new to Chicago or are just looking for a new physician, please make an appointment with Dr. Friedell. This is the first time in my adult life, that a doctor spent an hour with me going over my medical history, asking questions and documenting my history accurately. His assessment and subsequent surgery were all done t a T! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him or his staff. I have had very positive experiences every time I've gone and I always leave feeling like I've been really seen and heard.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Monica E.


    I was recommended to NWWH through a friend after a year of unsuccessful IUI with my partner. We were seen and cared for by Dr. Friedell. Best decision ever. You will definitely wait for the doctor for maybe 30 minutes past your appointment time but you will not regret it. His thoroughness and patience to explain everything to us in a way we understood was amazing. He was quick to start a game plan for us. We will definitely stick with Dr. Friedell as our OB/GYN.

    Apart from Dr. Friedell, the staff was quick to perform any lab work and ultrasounds with friendly conversation and compassion. This type of service really helps when we've gone through a rough time trying to get pregnant. Definitely make an appointment with Dr. Friedell.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jennifer H.


    I have been going to Dr. Friedell for over a year now and he has been nothing less than amazing. When I first came to him to discuss pregnancy, he was incredibly informative and understanding. He was also willing to take the time to answer all of my questions and help in any way he could. He just delivered my son in March and to say he went the extra mile during delivery would be an understatement. I had some complications and with any other doctor I would have had a c-section. Dr. Friedell worked with me and was extremely patient and because of his care and expertise I had a successful vaginal delivery. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Karima R.


    I have been going to this office for little over a month now due to some complications! I have been seen Dr. Friedell, he is very caring and always made sure he answers all my concerns. I am beyond impressed with my experience with Dr Friedell and his PA " Amber". Dr Friedell called me many times after hours to talk to me about my medical results and answers any concerns that I have.

    I would highly recommend Dr Friedell.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Elizabeth T.


    I have been a patient of this practice for over 5 years now and have only positive reviews of Dr. Feldstein. He was the doctor on call and delivered my third son without any complications. He was knowledgeable, patient focused and went above and beyond to answer my questions and provide a safe and healthy delivery. I also want to note his positive bedside manner to not only my husband and I, but to the nursing staff that was working with him. He was very respectful and I am very thankful to have had him for my delivery. I would recommend this group, Dr. Feldstein in particular without reservation.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By LA


    I switched to Dr. Roth mid pregnancy due to health insurance reasons and it was probably the best decision I have ever made in my life. She is definitely warm and funny but also extremely competent and knowledgeable. I would say what makes her stand out from other doctors is how calm and not reactive she is in even the most dire situations. My son was in serious fetal distress (unexpected and not preventable) and she was very calm and reassuring as we literally ran to the OR for my c section. With the rise of c sections today I feel Dr. Roth is one of the few remaining fabulous ob's that truly plans for normal vaginal births (your choice if you want an epi or not) and although I needed a c section I knew it was truly necessary. I could not speak more highly of her, not only did she save my sons life but she made me feel safe, secure and empowered even when decisions and actions were out of my hands.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Dana M.


    I love Dr. Belmonte. I have been going to her since 2006! She rocks!!! She is straight to the point, I love that about her. When I leave her office after seeing her I always feel great, like a just left a good friends house or something!
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Barbara A


    I can not tell you how wonderful my experiences have been. Dr. Sharon Wise is my doctor and she is fantastic. She is straightforward and honest about treatments and procedures. I enjoy her sense of humor, and I found her bedside manner when delivering my son to be excellent.