You may have delayed planning your family to concentrate on your career, or it took you a lot of time to find the right partner - whatever the reason, you are now in your forties and you want to have a baby. You might have a lot of questions in this regard. The good news is that you have certainly not missed the train, and still have a chance of conceiving even if you are above 40, though your chances of getting pregnant are a lot lower than women in their 30s.
Risks/Complications of Pregnancy in 40s
- The odds of conceiving depend on how old you are. The chances of getting pregnant will be higher in your early forties as compared to your late forties.
- After 45, you may have difficulty in getting pregnant the natural way. The number of eggs in a woman’s ovaries begins to decline during this phase and it is the time when a woman enters the pre-menopause phase.
- In your late forties, your fertility rate along with the quality of eggs generally declines further. The eggs released from the ovaries might have structural or chromosomal abnormalities which can increase the chances of a miscarriage and birth defects in the baby.
- Certain probabilities like facing a difficult birthing experience, having a caesarean section, a premature or low birth weight baby, can increase considerably in your 40s.
How to Prepare for Pregnancy after 40: Tips
- Follow a healthy diet consisting of all the essential pregnancy vitamins and nutrients – ask your doctor for help
- Exercise and keep fit
- Stop smoking, drugs and alcohol completely
- Avoid stress. Stress can lead to high blood pressure and is a major concern which can result in pre-birth illnesses.
- Get all the necessary pre-natal tests done as advised by your doctor and also get some tests like Nuchal Translucency Scan, Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS), Triple Test, and Amniocentesis after you conceive to detect any birth defects in your baby early on.
Fertility Treatments for Women to Conceive in 40s
- With the advancement of technology, there are a lot of fertility treatments available that can help you get pregnant and have a healthy baby in your 40s.
- You can undergo treatments such as In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) that can make it possible for you to get pregnant.
- In case you are unable to get pregnant naturally, you can use donor eggs or frozen embryos to increase your chances of having a successful pregnancy.
The advantage of having a baby in your 40s is that you are financially and emotionally stable by this age. Since you are experienced and mature, you’re likely to be able to parent your child in a better way. Don’t lose heart, and stay positive – good things will happen.