How to prepare to get pregnant at 40

Ask your doctor how to increase your chances of conceiving and what lifestyle changes you can make to assure you have a healthy pregnancy.
Discuss whether you will be able to continue using any medications you are currently taking while you try to conceive and while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Evaluate with your doctor which health problems are most important for you to address before pregnancy. High blood pressure can sometimes temporarily develop in pregnant women and some research suggests the risk increases with age. Sexually transmitted infections can prevent your ability to conceive, so get tested if there's any risk you have an STI. You should also strive to get extra protein, preferably in the form of lean meats, nuts, eggs, and legumes.
Dairy products are also important during pregnancy due to the calcium and vitamin D they contain. There are a variety of foods that are off limits during pregnancy as they can be harmful to a fetus. Being overweight during pregnancy increases the risk for gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. Close monitoring of the fetus throughout pregnancy is important if you're over 40, as it can prevent the likelihood of pregnancy loss.
How about I was 34 with my first and people ask me if she’s my grand baby ALL THE TIME!!! Schedule a pre-conception appointment with your physician or midwife to discuss your health, lifestyle, and pregnancy plans.
Women of any age have their blood pressure monitored regularly during pregnancy, so your physician will strive to make sure your blood pressure is under control. Dietary changes are important during pregnancy as you'll need increased amount of certain nutrients during pregnancy.

If you are overweight or underweight, your doctor will likely want you to get your weight into a healthy range before you conceive.
Tobacco, alcohol, and recreational drugs of any kind will be off-limits during pregnancy, so you should avoid using such substances while you're trying to conceive.
Exercise is safe and even encouraged during pregnancy, and there are a variety of pregnancy-safe exercises you should be engaging in before and during your pregnancy. Walking, stationary biking, yoga, swimming, and weight lifting are generally safe for pregnant women. Be prepared to require fertility treatment and consider the consequences such as the expense of medical bills. Your personal history should include pregnancies, surgeries, diseases, disorders, medications, addictions, diet, nutrition, fitness, and social history. If you or your partner need assistance with substance, alcohol, or tobacco cessation now is the time to get it.
This should include sleeping (8 hours every night), eating (fresh, unprocessed foods), exercising (30 minutes 4-6 days a week), and relaxing (every chance you get). Review blood test results taken during pregnancy with the doctor, especially the tests that cover the likelihood of specific birth defects. Listen to your body, slow down, and get extra sleep (learn to sleep on your side, not back).
If working, and if the doctor advises that yours is a high risk pregnancy, then take off from work earlier than scheduled, as per the doctor's instructions. However, pregnancy after 40 still poses some additional risks and complications to the mother and baby. However, due to an increased risk of pregnancy-related complications, the likelihood of a C-section increases with age.
If you're underweight prior to pregnancy, you'll be expected to gain more weight throughout your pregnancy and if you're overweight you'll be expected to gain less.

You should also minimize caffeine intake, as caffeine should only be used in moderation during pregnancy. Make sure you prepare for the emotional impact pregnancy loss will have on you, in the event that it occurs.
It just so happened that at the time, there were about 3 other, much younger women pregnant at my office.
Speak to your healthcare provider, she will be able to provide you with many resources to help you achieve your healthy pregnancy goals. Preparing yourself before you become pregnant can help you get your body in condition for a successful pregnancy. It gets easier to come to grips with, but there will be a bright-eyed 24-year-old in every parenting group you ever participate in from here on out. If you are a worrier (I am) — you may just want to get the most conclusive test so you can rest easy.
The most important detail here is that you feel supported by your doctor. Your pregnancy will be so much more enjoyable if your doctor is a good fit. It did a number on me physically, I had to ride around Target in the handicap go-cart the last couple months of my pregnancy, my feet collapsed (plantar facsitis) and this injury lasted 3-4 years.
The pregnancy was fine but birth all went to hell and I had to have an emergency C section, then developed post partum preeclampsia, so once and done for me. The only mom I managed to get a playdate with when my daughter was two was with a grandmother. I want her to get married and have a kid when she’s 20 which is terrible to project that on her.

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