Getting Pregnant after 40

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There are a number of reasons that women may decide to get pregnant later in life. Many are focused on their careers and are waiting until they reach a certain point in their jobs before they start a family.

Other women have not found the right person to have kids with or have gotten married later in life. Whatever your reason for waiting, you are likely curious as to how you can increase your chances of getting pregnant after 40.

More than likely you know that your odds of getting pregnant after you reach 35 diminish significantly. However, there are some things that you can do to improve those odds once more. One of the best things to do is to stay educated on the process of becoming pregnant and learn the steps that you should take in order to increase your odds of getting pregnant.

1. Choose your doctor wisely

One of the most important steps to getting pregnant later in life is to make sure that you have a fantastic doctor to guide you through the process. When you are looking to choose your doctor, be sure that you choose one that is both knowledgeable and a good listener. You should also look for one that is easy to get in touch with if you have questions or concerns that need to be addressed.

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2. Take a look at existing health problems

Nothing can hinder a pregnancy faster than dealing with health problems. Talk to your doctor about the areas that need to be addressed before you try to get pregnant. If you are overweight, begin losing the weight immediately and be sure to eat a healthy diet during the process as well as exercise regularly. By taking care of your body, you will give it a better chance of getting pregnant.

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3. Make Lifestyle Changes

Now is a good time to stop some of the bad habits that may be hindering you from getting pregnant as well. For example, if you smoke, drink or use drugs, you should stop these bad habits a long while before you are ready to get pregnant. Likewise, you should take the necessary steps to remove stress from your life. Stress can be a leading cause for fertility issues and by dealing with it before you begin trying to become pregnant, you will not need to worry about it causing fertility problems.

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4. Make Sure your Partner is Involved

Not only will bringing your spouse or partner to your preconception appointment bring you closer together, it will provide things that both of you need to do in order to get pregnant. While most of the focus is placed on what the woman needs to do, there are also things that men can do to help the chances of getting pregnant more promising. It is a good idea to discuss these things with your doctor with your partner present so that he will be prepared for any changes that he needs to make.

5. Consider Using Donor Eggs

You should also prepare yourself for the thought of using donor eggs instead of eggs of your own. Many times, women over 40 are not able to conceive through natural means and are forced to undergo IVF. While your own eggs can be used in many instances, it is much easier if donor eggs are used. This is something that you should discuss with your doctor and your partner in order to determine if this is the right choice for you and your specific medical conditions.

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6. Conclusion

The items listed above are very important when it comes to becoming pregnant after the age of 40. Although our chances of getting pregnant diminish after we turn 35, it is not impossible and if the right steps are taken, it can be simple to achieve.

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However, if you are passed the age of 40 and are trying to get pregnant, it is important that you see your doctor for guidance as soon as possible. Many women past 40 are not able to get pregnant naturally and need their doctor’s assistance in order to do so.

You should see your doctor if you are ready to have kids and have reached the age of 40. However, with your doctor’s guidance, you will be able to learn everything that you need to do to get pregnant and have a baby of your own.

Dr. Lynette Weiss, MD

Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.