Pregnancy risk over 40

Getting pregnant can be hard at the best of times but when you're over a certain age unfortunately things can get even harder. We spoke to Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director at Create Health, to find out all you need to know about getting pregnant after 40 so you can be as prepared as you need. Not to paint a bleak picture but naturally risks are heightened in pregnancies after the age of 40. But there is no denying that the chances of getting pregnant naturally after the age of 40 significantly drop. Conventional IVF with suppression of ovaries is another option but may not be necessary for women over 40 and in fact may lead to unnecessary use of high stimulation and reduced response and quality of eggs. Fertility declines with age in women and odds of getting pregnant are lower after reaching 40 years, although this varies per person. Scientists have come up with various assisted reproductive technologies (ART) methods which can enable a woman get pregnant at an older age.

If you want to get a normal pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby, you take some important steps before you try to conceive. In fact the Guardian reported that the number of births to over 40s has increased by 15% in the past five years alone.
However, in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates fall if a woman uses her own eggs if aged over 35 years, but it can be successful using donor eggs. Your risk of pregnancy complications like high blood pressure or gestational diabetes also increases from 35 years. If you are in your 40s and use a donor egg from a person in 20s, risk of chromosomal defects and miscarriage are consistent with the donor age.
Her interests include reading and writing about Pregnancy, Parenting, Health, Fitness, Beauty and Skin Care. According to fertility specialists, trying to get pregnant after the age of 40 can be harder because your egg supply decreases as you get older, and older eggs may have chromosomal problems, increasing the risk of miscarriage and birth defects.

Out of the women who got pregnant, the miscarriage rate was 245 for 40-year-olds, 38% for 43-year-olds and 54% for 44-year-olds. The chance of getting a child with Down syndrome is 1 for every 100 in women aged over 40 years. It is the main reason why experts recommend detailed fetal screening for pregnant women aged above 40 years.

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