Paula Echevarría joins celebrities who are mothers at 40: what does a late pregnancy mean and what consequences does it have

Paula Echevarría has announced this week that she is expecting her first child with Miguel Torres. The couple shared the bombshell in unison on Wednesday, when through an Instagram photo that we did not expect, they released the good news. After the surprised faces and congratulations, yesterday the actress made her first public appearance after hearing the news and gave us clues about what her maternity style will be like (today, she made her first statement). However, Paula's pregnancy, in addition to surprise, it hides something beyond; the actress awaits her second son with 43 years, a late pregnancy that can lead to different physical difficulties when facing it.

And although she is not the first (nor will she be the last) celebrity to be a mother at 40, there are certain risks that must be taken into account. We have talked to him Professor Juan José Vidal Peláez, Head of the Women's Unit at the Ruber International Hospital on what it really means to be pregnant at this age and what medical consequences it can have, "A pregnancy at 40 has an increased risk of abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy. The risk of abortion at any age, any race and at any social level is 10%, at 40 the risk can reach up to 15% ", he explains. This could explain the discretion with which Paula has managed the beginning of her pregnancy. And it is that, late pregnancies can have, in the short and long term, consequences for the mother and the child, "late pregnancies have a higher risk of having diabetes, hypertension and premature births or low weight babies" affirms the professor.

In addition, the decision to have children after forty is not without difficulties, "the most common is not getting pregnant and having to resort to fertility treatments and also, there is the risk that the newborn has genetic alterations", we the expert says. Although from a medical point of view delaying motherhood is not recommended, there are advantages when dealing with it as a mother. In the book 'Emabrazada a los 40' by the doctors María de la Calle and Onica Armijo, (Hospital de La Paz, Madrid), reference is made to this aspect. Not everything is inconvenient when it comes to having a child at this age: "we find ourselves with more mature, more responsible and sensible women who are going to take great care of themselves during pregnancy and later in raising their baby. Age is usually linked to maturity and these pregnant women meet this profile in most cases ", they explain in Mujeresaseguir.

However, we must recognize that a pregnancy at an early age has fewer complications: "tolerance to pregnancy is much better at 25 years than at 40, taking into account that pregnancy involves hormonal overload, due to the existence of the placenta ; physical, due to the increase in the volume of the belly and changes in the breasts and circulation, and psychic due to the fear that the birth will be complicated or the child will not be born completely normal ", points out Professor Vidal Peláez. Moreover, extra precautions should be taken, "lead a quiet life. Avoid stress, reduce work activity and even consider early leave. Take care of your diet more strictly and make monthly reviews with the gynecologist, who will control the weight, blood pressure and will perform quarterly blood and urine tests and high-resolution ultrasound to detect possible abnormalities ", he recommends.

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