15.03.2015

Risks of getting pregnant at 38

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. The average age at which women have in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment in the UK is rising. 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. Join now to receive free weekly newsletters tracking your baby’s development and yours throughout your pregnancy. So while it's harder for older women to get pregnant, and the chance of a chromosomally abnormal child increases, these problems do not increase as sharply as we fear - except perhaps for those trying IVF or artificial insemination."Those statistics are more discouraging for older women," explains Twenge.
Sarah Briggs, a former senior manager for Watford Council and British Waterways, who is married to David, a 38-year-old accountant, and lives near Carlisle, Cumbria, says she’s had no problem at all getting pregnant in her 40s. While women are physically capable of carrying a child into their 40s, their chances of a healthy pregnancy decrease around age 35 with a much faster decline after 40.


Elective Egg Freezing should be a consideration for women who want to preserve their best chances of a health pregnancy but are not yet ready for children. A recent study in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility found that 40-year-old women treated for infertility had a 25% chance of achieving pregnancy using their own eggs. The risk of chromosomal abnormalities also increases as women age with Down’s syndrome being the most common outcome. At IVF New England, we specialize in helping women over 35 become pregnant with their own egg or with donor egg, if appropriate, using a treatment plan that best suits their individual needs. Using donor egg boosts the odds of getting pregnant considerably, and, that’s how most of the older celebrity moms are doing it — whether they admit it or not. Given the range of assisted reproductive technology treatment options (ART) available to protect fertility and help older women try to get pregnant, now is the time to be proactive and take control of your fertility potential. 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). They put together all these church birth records and then came up with these statistics about how likely it was [someone would] get pregnant after certain ages." These are women who had no access to modern healthcare, nutrition or even electricity. But as we know from some notable celebrity cases, it is not impossible to get pregnant in the early or indeed late 40s," says James.And, he adds, there is evidence that female fertility is improving. Yet the downside of delaying pregnancy is declining ovarian reserve, which makes it harder to get pregnant and increases the risks, especially for miscarriage and chromosome abnormalities.


This condition is characterized by a low number of eggs in a woman’s ovaries and a greater likelihood that the remaining eggs will have chromosomal abnormalities that increase the risk for miscarriage and birth defects.
As women grow older the likelihood of getting pregnant falls while the likelihood of infertility rises.
This could prevent fertilisation altogether or increase the likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy (CKS 2007, NCCWCH 2013:129, Utting and Bewley 2011).
The most widely cited is a paper by David Dunson published in 2004, which found that 82% of women aged between 35 and 39 fell pregnant within a year. The chances of a woman using her own eggs to achieve pregnancy are greater the earlier there is an assessment of her ovarian reserve.
Among women who did get pregnant, the miscarriage rate was 24% for 40-year-olds, 38% for 43-year-olds, and 54% for 44-year-olds.
Her youngest child, Edward, was conceived when she was 48; all her pregnancies were natural, without any fertility treatment. A lot of the couples were over 35 and had been trying to get pregnant for ten years.’Ultimately, she thinks it’s unhelpful for doctors to put pressure on women to have their children younger. Claudia, originally from Yorkshire but now based in Spain with her husband Javier, 30, says each time she conceived naturally and extremely quickly, with textbook pregnancies.She feels so strongly that older women face an unwarranted barrage of negativity if they want to try for families that she wrote Right Time Baby, a guide to later motherhood.



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