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Getting Pregnant After 45
on Sep 29, 2012
by Alyssia Granger
Age is one of the most common causes of infertility. As you age, your chances of getting pregnant any given month diminish. Find out more about getting pregnant after 45.
Pregnancy is no longer just for the 20 somethings. With the advances that have been made in technology over the past years, women of all ages are having the chance to become moms and start a family, even when they thought they were beyond the age of being able to conceive. Celebrities all over are touting their ability or at the very least desire to get pregnant well into their 40s. The Countess Luann, from TV’s popular reality show Housewives of New York, recently stated her desire to get pregnant at 47. Today, we are going to discuss some of the issues with getting pregnant after 45, and also touch on some tips if this is something you are going to try to do. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
A woman is born with a certain number of eggs. This number never increases. Pretty much, when they’re gone, they’re gone. Women are most fertile in their 20′s, and as age increases, the number of eggs remaining gets lower and lower. By the time a woman reaches age 40, most of their eggs are gone. By age 50, the average woman only has around 1000 eggs left, and most are abnormal, since the body uses the best eggs first. This is the reason why it is so much harder for a woman to get pregnant after age 40. The eggs that are left in a woman’s body after age 45 are, obviously, 45 years old at least. The older the eggs are, the higher the risk for genetic problems and birth defects such as Down syndrome. In fact, after a woman reaches 36 years of age, her risk of having a baby with Down syndrome doubles each year.
Older mothers are often more likely to have pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes and hypertension. They are also at a higher risk for premature births, low birth weight babies, and miscarriages. As you can see, there are a lot of risks that go along with getting pregnant after 45. The hardest thing though, will probably be the actual getting pregnant part. It is very, very difficult for a woman over 45 to get pregnant naturally, since there just aren’t a lot of eggs left to go around. Without using donor eggs, getting pregnant over 45 is not impossible, but it certainly is rare. If you want to get pregnant after age 45, the most important and first step needs to be speaking with a doctor to find out the best options for your personal case.
Whether you decide to adopt an all-natural supplement approach or a doctor-prescribed treatment course, be sure to seek out assistance early. While in your 20s and 30s, an infertility specialist won’t even see you until you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for 12 months, once you are in your 40s, you will want to start a course of treatment immediately.
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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.