Some ladies would have put off getting pregnant for various reasons such as a career or finding the right partner. Or they could have faced issues with fertility and conception. You might be wondering if getting pregnant after 40 is risky and if it is too late.
Despite many friends and family members advising you against getting pregnant after 40, you should know that many women across the world also decide to have children after they turn the big four-oh. But it is true that there are some risks involved with the process, including a lowered chance of conception.
What are your chances of getting pregnant after 40?
The number of your eggs begins to reduce with age, so the chances of you getting pregnant naturally depend on how old you are. At the age of 40, you have about a 20% chance of getting pregnant, which drops to less than 5% by the time you are in your mid-40s. You can help your chances by having intercourse during your most fertile periods of the month. Track your ovulation using the KNOWHEN Saliva Ovulation Test kit. Your own saliva can be a great indicator of the best time for conception because it will allow you to pinpoint your ovulation day and observe your entire ovulation cycle to expand your chance to conceive up to 5 days.
There is a wide range of fertility treatments available for women who have had a history of issues with fertility. In vitro fertilization (IVF) and Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are some of the most commonly used fertility treatments. You could also explore the options of frozen embryos, donor eggs, or even surrogacy.
What are the risks involved?
If you do get pregnant in your 40s, you will need to be extra careful about your health and lifestyle. Compared to a younger expectant mother, you are twice as likely to face the following issues:
- Gestational diabetes
- Placental abruption
- High blood pressure
- Requiring a caesarean section
- Baby is in an awkward position at birth
- Baby has low birth weight
- Premature delivery
Yes, these conditions can sound very scary. Your doctor will term your pregnancy a high-risk situation if you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, but do not worry. They can be treated easily. All you need to do is look after yourself really well, watch what you eat, perform some moderate exercises, take nutritional supplements if necessary, and regularly consult your doctor and have scans taken. The advantages of having a child after you are 40 are that you are much wiser than when you were younger. You are more educated and prepared to make better parenting decisions. You are also much more experienced, having learned from possible mistakes your friends and family members might have committed during their pregnancies.
I would also love to share with you some encouraging and good news. After being in the fertility field for 16 years, I know women who have conceived naturally at ages 46, 49 and even 52. Finally, you are also probably financially secure by the time your bundle of joy is born.
About the author and company
Helen is a fertility advocator on a mission to reach women trying to conceive or searching for a natural family planning solution, and give them a tool to understand their unique ovulation cycle. She is also the CEO of HiLin Life Products, makers of the KNOWHEN Ovulation Test and Fertility Monitor.
Incorporated in 2009, HiLin Life Products was established to help women with problems regarding their fertility, infertility, unplanned pregnancies, and other health issues. With a market of over two billion women all over the world, HiLin Life has been creating next-generation products incorporating a holistic natural approach with scientific accuracy that empowers women's health.