Getting pregnant mid 40's

Perhaps you've put off pregnancy to concentrate on your career, or because it’s taken you a while to find the right partner (Bewley et al 2009, Utting and Bewley 2011).
There's never been a better time to try to get pregnant as an older mum, given the range of fertility treatments available.
If you do conceive, you are more likely to need extra care during your pregnancy (Franz and Husslein 2010, Montan 2007, Utting and Bewley 2011).
All women are offered screening tests in pregnancy for genetic conditions, such as Down's syndrome.
Age aside, there are steps you can take to give yourself the best chance for a normal pregnancy and a healthy baby.

If you are in your 40s, and have been having unprotected sex two to three times a week for three months, without getting pregnant, see your GP.
Join now to receive free weekly newsletters tracking your baby’s development and yours throughout your pregnancy. Many 40-plus women do conceive, although there's no denying that your odds of getting pregnant are a lot lower than just a few years ago. At 40, your chance of conceiving is about 20 per cent (based on the average annual rate of pregnancy per cycle), falling to less than five per cent by the mid-40s (NCCWCH 2013:65). From your mid-40s, if you conceive naturally, you have a one in two chance of having twins (NHS Choices 2010a, Utting and Bewley 2011).

But keep in mind that there are plenty of women in their 40s who have trouble-free pregnancies and perfectly healthy babies.
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