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Pregnancy After 40: Getting Pregnant Facts

on Sep 02, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Pregnancy After 40: Getting Pregnant Facts

More women are putting off child-bearing into later years. If you are a woman over 40, find out about getting pregnant after 40.

If you are trying to get pregnant after age 40, it should come as no surprise that you might face some challenges. In fact, many doctors say that after age 45, it is nearly impossible to get pregnant on your own. However, that is not to say that having a baby after age 40 can’t happen, there are many women who do it. You just have to be aware of the challenges that you might face. Today we are going to talk about those challenges so you can be better informed about them. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

It can take longer to get pregnant

You are born with a certain number of eggs. When they’re gone, they’re gone. As you get older, your body is running out of eggs, and they will stop releasing regularly. For this reason, it can take longer to get pregnant after age 40. If you are over 40 and trying to conceive, the number one thing for you to remember is to be patient. It can take a lot longer for you to get pregnant now than in your 20′s. A woman 40 and over has a 5% chance in any given cycle to get pregnant naturally, timing it just right – whereas, a woman in her 20′s has a 25% percent chance, nearly 5 times greater.

Possible health risks for Mom

When you get pregnant in your 20′s or 30′s, there really isn’t a whole lot of focus on risks to your health. As you get older however, pregnancy can trigger pre-existing health conditions that you might have had and cause them to get worse. High Blood Pressure and Diabetes are the most common problems that older moms face. You will have to most likely undergo a lot more testing and monitoring than a younger women would.

Miscarriage risks are higher

Women over 40 have a greater risk of having a miscarriage or stillbirth. For women in their forties, who get pregnant on their own, the miscarriage rate is pretty high. The miscarriage risk is actually extrememely high in your forties when you compare it to your 20′s or 30′s. Your eggs just aren’t as good of quality as you get older, and this increases the risk of miscarriage and other chromosomal defects with every passing year. For example, at age 45, your risk of having a child with Down Syndrome is around 1 in 30, compared to 1 in 100 at age 40. Lower birth weight babies and stillbirths are also more common in older mothers. Mothers over 40 also must consider that around half of all deliveries to over 40 moms have to be C-sections.

The bottom line

The bottom line here? Pregnancy after 40 is possible, but a much more difficult road to take. If you are deciding to try to conceive in your 40′s, you should be well informed of the risks and challenges, to prepare yourself for what becoming a mom will entail. You will also need to have a close relationship with your physician or health care provider so they can help oversee you every step of the way. Many women in their 40′s who desire to become moms also look toward alternatives like surrogates, donor eggs, and the like as well.

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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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     i am tryin to have a baby what can i get to help me

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Age is definitely one of the biggest factors when you consider your chances for a successful pregnancy. While your odds of getting pregnant may be lower than a few years ago, many women over 40 do get pregnant naturally using FertiBella ConceiveEasy. It will also help regulate your cycles to provide you with the best chance for success. And because of the age of your eggs, I would strongly recommend that you begin trying to conceive immediately.

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  • BabydollMommy

    I am 45 and I have never been pregnant. I am married now and I want to give my husband a baby. Will this stuff work for me due to I am 45??? I really want to place an order just worried I might be too late. I am healthy and with no medical conditions.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Getting pregnant after 40 is possible, although it can be difficult. It is best to seek assistance from your physician to help you become prepared in dealing with the challenges and risks involved in your journey towards pregnancy. Fertibella ConceiveEasy can help boost your fertility and has been proven to dramatically increase chances of conceiving. However, it is recommended that you discuss with your doctor about any medication you are taking.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    It is highly risky for you to get pregnant at age 47 and with your age impose a high possibility for you to have a baby with chromosomal abnormality. You probably could conceive without medical intervention, but the chances are fairly high you might have a special needs child. I recommend seeing your ObGyn to determine if it still safe for you to be pregnant, let you choose fertility options and assist you with your plans of conception. Good luck!

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  • rashidajones03

    i am trying to have another baby i have one and she is four i took the birth contol shot only one it started oct. 28 is it still in my system is that why i csnt get pregnant right now

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Birth control given in a shot form usually has longer lasting effects in the body, and can last for up to 8 months, which means that chances of pregnancy are slim until then. In addition to that, the body will also take time in order to adjust back to its normal cycles, which can take more than a year or so, depending on how much your body was affected by the birth control shot. If you have plans of conceiving in the near future, changing your form of birth control would be advisable. Consulting your doctor will help you determine what alternative would best suit your needs.

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  • Brajatsubhra

    my wife is 40 and having 1.9 amh , can she get pregnant and also she is diabetic presently her sugar  with insulin injection   fasting 99 and pp 73 .

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Seeing that your wife is already 40 with a low AMH, and is diabetic, conception for her would be very challenging. Since the underlying cause of diabetes is usually PCOS, it can complicate her fertility, and prevent her from getting pregnant soon.

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  • Bella

    I am 38 nearing 39 in 4 months. I have unfortunately not met the right man or been financially capable to solo a child. I very much wan to be a Mom! My periods are very regular to the date every month. Cycles average 3-5 days. I hear all about “better hurry up” But how do you hurry up meeting and keeping a man you want to father your children? Its a pickle. I just need some hopeful news. My friend is 39 and just found out her 2nd child to be has high risk down and they need to abort. It concerns me but I feel thee is nothing I can really do about this.

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