What Are the Chances of Getting Pregnant After 40?

What Are the Chances of Getting Pregnant After 40?

Everybody’s doing it

Everywhere we look, women are getting pregnant in their forties. Just look at the celebrity magazines! Halle Berry is 47, having her second baby. She’s not in the minority either! Mariah Carey was 42 when twins Morroccan and Monroe were born.

Salma Hayek and Tina Fey both had babies at 41, and so did Uma Thurman. Geena Davis had a baby at 46, and then had TWINS two years later, at 48! Jane Seymour had twins at 45, and Kelly Preston had a baby at age 47. These Hollywood women make pregnancy in your 40’s look like a piece of cake, but is it really that easy? Read on to find out more! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Not as easy as it looks

Doctors say that while it might look easy for those celeb moms to get pregnant after age 40, it is likely not that simple at all. “We don’t want the 38-year-old woman deferring childbearing to take this as proof that they can easily conceive naturally in years to come,” said Dr. Joshua U. Klein, medical director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York-Brooklyn. “When you hear of people in the public arena who are pregnant in their 40s, the obvious suspicion is that they’ve availed themselves of fertility treatment, but aren’t being transparent about it,” Klein said. “I’m not saying that’s what Halle Berry did, but the odds are against her having conceived naturally at her age.”

The real odds

Experts say that the real chances of a woman conceiving naturally after age 40 are almost zero. By the time you reach 40, your egg supply is usually pretty low, almost gone in fact. The eggs that do remain are usually not the best quality and may not implant properly. Dr. Klein says: “Natural pregnancies—when a woman is trying to get pregnant with her own egg—do occur in women in their mid 40s, but it would be nearly miraculous,” he said.

Dr. Klein estimated that the chance of having a baby at age 46 without intervention is probably about 0.01 percent or less. Even for women undergoing IVF treatments, there has never been a clearly documented case of a baby being born to a woman over 45 using her own eggs via IVF. So, that should be something that real women take into consideration when thinking about fertility and getting pregnant in their 40’s.

What women should know

Women should remember that their fertility dramatically drops in their mid 30’s. It drops again at age 40, and then plummets by age 45. If women are holding off on having a baby, waiting until their 40s, they might want to reconsider. Chances are, it will be much harder than she thinks it will be.

Fertility after 40 begins to wane considerably. Talk with your doctor if you are over 35 and wanting to have a baby. Your doctor will be able to provide more personalized advice and care to help you reach your goals! Best of luck in your fertility journey!

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).