Trying to Conceive After the Age of 45
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As we age, women find it more difficult to become pregnant. We are only born with a limited number of eggs and once these have expired, our journey to motherhood will be over.
At this point the symptoms of menopause set in and our bodies go through radical changes like nothing we have ever seen before. However, there are many women who opt to have children later in life and for those who have passed the age of 45, trying to conceive may be an issue.
Although we all age at different rates, there are some things that we do can do to help slow down this process. For women who are hoping to conceive later in life, the following areas are definitely something that they should stick with.
For example, any woman should stop smoking when they are trying to get pregnant, but this is even truer for older women. Smoking wreaks havoc on the body as a whole, but it also can be detrimental to the reproductive system.
With any woman who is having a difficult time conceiving, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor. However, for women over the age of 45, seeking professional help should happen sooner rather than later. Your doctor may have suggestions on the best ways to conceive and will probably help you with medication that you can take in order to get pregnant.
The most important part of conceiving should be keeping track of your ovulation schedule. You can do this in a number of ways, but the most effective is keeping track of your basal temperature on a daily basis.
Although this takes some commitment on your part when it comes to keeping it accurate, this is a very accurate way in order to determine your ovulation days.
Most often women over the age of 45 cannot conceive on their own. Usually, they are forced to use a medical procedure called IVF, which has never proven successful by using the woman’s own eggs. Although sperm from her partner is often used, the eggs are normally donated and implanted into the woman’s womb.
It is important to note that the chances of a woman getting pregnant after the age of 45 can be very difficult. In fact, after the age of 40, the fertility of a woman begins to decline rapidly, but conceiving is not impossible. However, there are some additional risks that are involved when pregnancy occurs at this age.
For starters, women of this age are more likely to have complications with their pregnancy. They are also more likely to develop gestational diabetes and hypertension as well as a number of other complications. The chance of having a baby with birth defects is also higher after the age of 45.
The most common birth defect that is commonly associated with an older mother is Down Syndrome. For women who are attempting to conceive later in life, it is important that they speak with their doctor about the many health concerns that they may be facing before they become pregnant.
When you do become pregnant, it is more important than ever to care of your body. Make sure that you take your prenatal vitamins and adhere to a strict diet and minimal exercise program throughout your pregnancy. Not only will this aid in the childbirth area of your pregnancy, but it will also help your body to return to normal quicker after you have the baby.
You should also follow the instructions of your doctor carefully while pregnant. After the age of 45, you are automatically listed as a high risk pregnancy and you need to be careful as to the things that you do to your body during this critical time.
Getting pregnant after the age of 45 is not impossible, but it will be a difficult road to travel. More than likely you will need help from your doctor in order to get pregnant at this age and you may find that you are unable to get pregnant without the aid of IVF.
This is an expensive procedure, so be prepared for this outcome when you begin trying to get pregnant. For women everywhere who are trying to conceive later in life, knowing that they have options and that it is still possible to get pregnant can come as a relief and give them the strength that they to continue their journey into parenthood.
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.