02.12.2013

Having a baby in late 40's

With so many two-income families, later marriages, second and third marriages, new technologies in fertility treatments, improved fetal diagnosis and treatment, and healthier women overall, many families are choosing not to have children until they are approaching the big 4-0, or have waltzed past it. Many women in their 40s get pregnant after struggling for years with infertility, or they decide to start a family after having finally found Mr.
Up until the end, Jacqueline's pregnancy went well, having alphafetoprotein and other routine blood work, an amniocentesis and internal ultrasounds with her doctors at Weber Ob-Gyn, but "nothing too invasive," Jacqueline said.
The good news is that the most sophisticated diagnostic technology is here to guide your baby out of the womb and into the world. With many disorders that may arise or already exist in both the mother and the baby, early screening and testing can improve diagnosis, preparation and response, Ural said. You may wish to explore the idea of using donor eggs or frozen embryos to try to conceive, as it will increase your chances of having a baby (Klipstein et al 2005, Serour et al 2010, Utting and Bewley 2011).
If you have assisted conception, the follicle-stimulating hormones you'll be given also increase your chances of conceiving more than one baby (Utting and Bewley 2011). 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.


Discover how to get a fertility test, find out the best time to have baby-making sex, or talk to others who are hoping to conceive in the Actively trying group of our friendly community. Join now to receive free weekly newsletters tracking your baby’s development and yours throughout your pregnancy. She hadn't felt the baby kick much, she had gained 5 pounds in five days and her feet were swollen. The risk of Down's is one in 100 at age 40 and one in 30 at age 45, while the risk of miscarriage reaches about 50 percent by age 42, according to American Baby Magazine. I felt I'd failed at the one thing that should have come naturally to a woman - having a baby. 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). Your age will be factored in to the result to give you a risk of your baby having a problem. This gene is passed on to their children, who can have babies later in life, too.Whatever the reason for my mid-life fertility burst, I was delighted.
But what it means is you'll get the care you need to ensure you and your unborn baby stay as well as possible.


Bernard came into our bedroom one day to find me weeping, my face buried in the tiny baby sleepsuit I'd bought when starting IVF. Then, four months later, on Christmas Eve 1991, I felt a stabbing pain in my side before being violently sick. I was rushed to hospital by ambulance, where doctors found I was having an ectopic pregnancy. Not only had I lost our longed-for baby, but with just one fallopian tube my chances of falling pregnant were now half what they'd ever been. I barely allowed myself to believe our baby was real, until the moment she arrived in August 2007 at Dorset County Hospital, after returning to the UK for the birth.
With the sun beating down, far from the stresses of work and hospital visits, every day seemed like a holiday and my longing for a baby slowly evaporated. We sold the car Bernard had given me as a wedding gift and, in late 1994, spent ?2,100 on our first round of IVF.At the time, IVF was still in its infancy and the chances of success were much slimmer.



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