Beware of late pregnancies, expert cautions women


Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBU-TH), Bauchi, Dr Abubakar Kadas, has cautioned women in reproductive age of late pregnancies.

Kadas warned that late pregnancies could be associated with some complications.

He said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on Wednesday.

The expert said women from ages of 35 and above do experience complications such as pre-eclampsia, eclampsia and diabetes, among others.

“As women grow older, the fertility also decreases significantly.

“Genetic problems sometimes leads to higher rate of caesarean sessions.

“The pregnancy is of high risk so also the life of the baby especially in women with first pregnancy at that age.

“Some of the children are born with deformities like down syndrome,” he said.

Kadas called on pregnant women to visit clinics at all times for quality healthcare for both mothers and babies.