10.02.2014

Getting pregnant over 35

Getting pregnant after 35 years of age is becoming much more common than it used to be but women can still be concerned about the risks for mother and baby.
Egg production peaks between the ages of 24-26 and so having a baby at 35 or over can be an uphill struggle as your natural fertility has already taken a dramatic decrease.
Susie believes that taking hold of your life, keeping healthy emotionally and physically then you have every chance of having a happy and healthy pregnancy after the age of 35. A woman's fertility naturally decreases with age and so getting pregnant after 35 is not going to be as easy as if you were in your twenties, which is the natural peak of your fertility.
However even though chances of getting pregnant after 35 are going to decrease it does not necessarily mean that it won't happen or that you will even have trouble at all. Susie says the main thing that prohibits women over the age of 35 from getting pregnant is the worry and stress of not being able to fall pregnant.
If you've been trying to have a baby for over 6 months and have not had any success then it might be time to see a fertility specialist so that they can work out the best way for you and your partner to move forward. It is also worth getting your partner's fertility checked out at this point - it's not just on you!
Susie's advice is: "When you are pregnant continue what you started when you were trying to conceive because your body will need the same things to create your baby. Talk to your Dr about medication - Some forms of over the counter or prescribed medicines are not suitable for pregnant women so once you have got the confirmation that you are pregnant talk to your doctor about any medication that you take. Go to regular Antenatal classes- Because of the increased risks for pregnant women over the age of 35 it is incredibly important that you attend regular antenatal care. Exercise- Susie wouldn't recommend taking on any new exercises when you're pregnant, so if you didn't run before pregnancy, this is not the time to start. Keep relaxed- This can be harder said than done but a happy mother is usually a the key to a happy baby so take some time to really pamper yourself during your pregnancy. The chance of miscarriage increases dramatically over the age of 35 and so in the first trimester of pregnancy it is very important that you see your health advisor regularly so they can help in any way to reduce the risk. As well as this there is an increased chance that if you do become pregnant, your baby could be born with a genetic abnormality, most notably Downs Syndrome, the number of cases is approximately 1 in 300 in pregnancies of women over 35. There is also an increased risk for pregnant women over the age of 35 to develop high-blood pressure or diabetes which can be a big problem for your baby.
This all sounds scary but the more that you look after yourself, the larger the chance that your pregnancy will be as normal and healthy a pregnancy as someone in their twenties. Having made the exciting decision to start your own family you are sure to be wondering how long it will take to get pregnant.


You may find it encouraging knowing that the number of women over the age of 30 having babies has risen in recent decades (ONS 2010) .
Most women will be able to conceive naturally and give birth to a healthy baby if they get pregnant at 35 years old. This over-production of FSH can result in more than one follicle ripening and releasing an egg. Over 80 per cent of couples will conceive within a year if they stop using contraception and have regular sex (CKS 2007, NCCWCH 2013:64).
About half of the women who don't get pregnant in the first year conceive during the following year, giving a pregnancy rate of 92 per cent within two years. Age aside, there are some steps you can take to give yourself the best possible chance of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy.
Learn more about getting pregnant in your 20s, 30s or 40s, or get tips, advice and support in our friendly community of mums and mums-to-be. Consider this chart[1]which shows how the likelihood of a woman getting pregnant decreases from about an 86% chance between the ages of 20 and 24 years to about 35% between the ages of 40 and 44 years. It's important to note that for couples trying to conceive naturally, we typically give women over the age of 35 only about six months of actively trying to get pregnant - which means monitoring ovulation monthly and having regular intercourse -  before we recommend that both partners have a thorough work up to evaluate fertility. Fortunately, there are a number of fertility options that we can offer older women who are having trouble getting pregnant naturally including assisted reproductive technologies like Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Additionally, for couples who come to the Vasectomy Reversal Center of America considering a vasectomy reversal, we make sure to educate them about the chances of conceiving naturally when the woman is over the age of 35.
We've looked into all this plus how to boost your chances of conceiving and how to keep you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy.
Susie says: "With anyone over 35 their age can act as a mental and physical block when they are trying to get pregnant. They can create a health record that will keep any information about your menstrual cycle, previous pregnancies and any health problems to make sure that you get the right help that you need as soon as you need. Before you think about getting pregnant it might be worth starting yoga classes so that you have a form of exercise that you can do while pregnant.
While some women like to have the occasional alcoholic drink during pregnancy they are strongly advised not to, especially in the first 3 months as this can greatly increase the chances of miscarriage.
There is also an increased risk of eptopic pregnancies as well as placenta previa (where the placenta lies low in the uterus, partially or completely covering the cervix), preeclampsia and placenta abruption (where the placenta separates from the uterine wall). For some women having a multiple pregnancy brings them their dream family in one pregnancy.


But if you are over 35, and finding that positive pregnancy test elusive, it is important to seek help sooner rather than later (NCCWCH 2013:6). This likelihood decreases even further by age 45 to a mere 5% chance of getting pregnant spontaneously. Many women believe that if they are getting a regular period, that means they are ovulating (true) and there's no problem with fertility or conceiving (not always true). I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about getting pregnant after 40 and to discuss the best options for you when it comes to conceiving a child…please feel free to leave your comments here. As women grow older the likelihood of getting pregnant falls while the likelihood of infertility rises.
However, the success rates of IVF treatment for women over 40 using their own eggs are low, and have not increased much over the past decade (RCOG 2011). This could prevent fertilisation altogether or increase the likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy (CKS 2007, NCCWCH 2013:129, Utting and Bewley 2011).
It's a fact that the spontaneous pregnancy rates for women over 40 are much lower than women under the age of 35.  Today, so many women are putting off having children to pursue career and education, yet are many times unaware how age affects fertility. To prepare, create a health record that notes such key facts as how old you were when you started menstruating, length of your periods, previous pregnancies, and any health problems (endometriosis, uterine fibroids, etc.).
In fact, for women over the age of 35, and especially over age 40, the risks of congenital birth defects also increase significantly. Chart Your Cycles 5 of 18 Share To know your most fertile days, record the length of your monthly cycles over the past few months. Tracking your urine stream for LH levels (an OPK works much like a pregnancy test) and noting a rise in hormone levels could help you predict your most fertile days. Know Your Weight 10 of 18 Share If you're only 15 or 20 pounds overweight, your doctor may recommend paying closer attention to what you eat, but otherwise not delaying conception plans. Get Your Man to the Doctor 13 of 18 Share Though men continue to produce sperm over the course of their adult lifetime, older men experience a gradual decline in testosterone levels, sperm counts, and sperm motility. If you tried other fertility meds and they didn't work, or if fertility testing turned up that you have a blocked fallopian tube, or the issue is with your partner's sperm, IVF can be an effective way to overcome these problems and still have a baby. Join the other ladies who are 30+ Trying to Conceive or Pregnant for support, understanding, answers, and compassion.



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