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Getting Pregnant After 35

on Aug 23, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Getting Pregnant After 35

What do you need to know about getting pregnant after 35? Find out everything you need to know when you try to get pregnant after age 35.

Not too many years ago, getting pregnant after age 35 was considered nearly impossible, and definitely frowned upon. In today’s age, with so many technological advancements and advancements in the health care industry, becoming a mom after age 35 is no longer out of the realm of possibility, but it does come with its own set of risks and important things to remember. Here is our list of things to remember if you are trying to become a mom after 35. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Getting pregnant could take longer

A woman in her 20′s has a 20-25% chance of getting pregnant each month. In her early 30′s, her chances have declined a bit to 15% each month. Once a woman reaches age 35, her monthly chances have declined to 10%. Once a woman reaches 40, her chances of getting pregnant any given month drop to 5%. Therefore, the average wait for a woman over 35 to conceive is 18 months to two years. So, don’t give up hope if you don’t get pregnant right away. Getting pregnant after age 35 does require a lot of patience. You might want to see a fertility doctor if you are past the 18 month mark with no success, however.

Miscarriage and complications

Babies born to older mothers sometimes have a higher risk of chromosome abnormalities, which also increases the risk for miscarriage. Some studies say the risk of miscarriage over age 35 is between 20% and 30%.

Diabetes and high blood pressure

For some reason, these conditions are more common in pregnant women over age 35. Your doctor will need to monitor you carefully to watch for signs of both gestational diabetes and hypertension.

Multiples are more likely

The chance of having twins increases as you get older, and if you are using IVF, your chances could increase even more.

It’s not THAT uncommon

One in ten babies is born to a mother who is 35 or older, and the number is continuing to steadily grow as our generation is waiting longer to get pregnant. By taking care of your body, not smoking or drinking, getting enough exercise, etc. you can increase your chances of delivering a healthy baby. And goodness knows, 35 isn’t considered too old to become a mother, by any means.

Expect more tests

If you are already pregnant, be aware that your doctor will probably order more prenatal testing for you than they would normally do for a younger mom. Don’t be alarmed by this, because it is perfectly routine and your doctor is just trying to make sure you and your baby have the safest experience possible.

Know your body

Being in tune with your body and your cycles is going to be a great help in getting pregnant. Start tracking your cycles, get to know your basal body temperature and use an ovulation prediction kit if you need to. This is a great way to be proactive in getting pregnant. And when you are at an older age, time is of the essence! Especially those after 40.

Improve your egg quality

Since the quality of an older woman’s eggs is sometimes part of the issue with getting pregnant after 35, you should try to increase your egg health and quality by eating foods with lots of melatonin. Some examples of these foods include coriander, celery seed, flax seed, fennel, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, and St. John’s Wort.

As you can see, getting pregnant after age 35 certainly comes with it’s own set of risks and challenges, but it is far from impossible. With the right guidance and planning, great moms can happen at any age! And hey, even the experts say it’s okay. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have issued a report that reads: “Age need not be a barrier to a safe, healthy pregnancy!” Happy TTC!

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • MissyAnn

    I am 31 have a son but now im ready to.have my second child but havent had any luck been try for some tyme now befor an after period but still nothing what do I do??

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  • Ronda

     http://www.babycenter.com/0_age-and-fertility-getting-pregnant-in-your-30s_1494695.bc..  This site might be able to answer some questions you might have on age factor of things.You can still get pregnant it just take a little longer don’t give up hope. :)

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Tracking your ovulation is of course a key to success in achieving conception. It is advisable to have an intercourse about 1 to 2 days before your ovulation and on the day that your ovulation occur. Pinpointing your day of ovulation, either by charting your cycle or by taking ovulation predictor kits, gives you the best chance at timing intercourse to best achieve conception.

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  • LauraDonaldson

    I’m 37 and I have 2 children with the youngest is 8. I want to have another baby and I have been trying for 9 months but nothing. I had ovarian cyst but I had surgery and my doctor say everything is fine. So why can’t I get pregnant yet.

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  • Louiseborton77

     You know stress is crazy but you if your stressed out or just ran down that can play big role in your issues.. I know after I placed my order I felt a little better what I was doing with my body. I feel more relaxed and just going to let these pills do their thing. I hope it works!! Praying for both of us for sure!! :)

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  • DennieHancock

    I have 2 grown children and am in my 30?s. My youngest is turning 9yrs olds. I wasnt on any form of birthcontrol but was just being careful. Its been over 8 yrs now and for the past couple of years we have been trying, and till to this day im still with no luck. I am starting to think I may be out of eggs to ovulate and feeling overwhelmed and giving up. Any advice or suggestions would probably help.

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  • AivaaAnn

    I have a period once a year in i been trying to get pregnant for 3 years now and cant nothing helps and nothing works

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Having too infrequent periods could most possibly be the cause of your difficulty in conceiving. Seeing your doctor and having yourself checked could be the best option for you. You doctor can help identify the cause, after which you would be able to receive the appropriate treatment to cure the problem. In the meantime, try evaluating your lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle, meaning eating right, exercising regularly, and reducing stress, leads to a healthy body, therefore crucial in fertility health.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Getting pregnant in your 30′s could take longer than usual, though in your case, 8 years is quite a long period of time. It could be best for you to be checked by your doctor in order to clear you of any condition that can impede your chances of conceiving. In this way, you would also be able to receive the appropriate treatment, if needed. For now, increase your chances of conceiving by eating right, exercising regularly, and reducing stress, to ensure a healthy body therefore increasing your fertility. Tracking your cycles can also be very beneficial, for you will be more able to time intercourse on your fertile days for you to get pregnant.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Getting pregnant the third time may not be as easy as the first time. While there are no hard-and-fast figures, most cases of secondary infertility stem from the female half of the equation. The most common ptoblem? Aging eggs. Women are born with a finite number of eggs, which can suffer chromosomal damage over time. A defective egg is less likely to be fertilized or, if it is, to result in a viable embryo. This explains why a woman’s fertility starts to dip noticeably when she hits 30, taking a plunge after 35. I recommend seeing a fertility specialist to determine exact cause and assist you with your plans of pregnancy. Best of luck!

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  • Jessica

    Im 35 and have been trying to conceice for four months now, I had a miscarriage in July.

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