Whether you know you want to get pregnant at some point or are actually starting to try, it’s normal to be a little worried about the whole thing. After all, we all know someone who has struggled to conceive. But if it’s in your family history, could you also have trouble getting pregnant?
Experts say it depends. “More often than not, it is completely unrelated,” says Shannon M. Clark, M.D., an associate professor of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch and founder of BabiesAfter35.com. Meaning, just because it took your sister a year to get pregnant doesn’t mean the same will happen with you.
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Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. In her role as a physician caring for high-risk pregnancies, she has counseled and treated hundreds of women over the years in her very own situation, and has found a whole new respect for the challenges and complications a woman may experience when trying to have a baby later in life.
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