Pregnant at 40-Something
On average, women now have children later on in life than 100 years ago. Many even get pregnant for the first time in their 40's. They finish their training or studies, work for a few years and then decide to have a child. In principle, this is not a negative development. These mothers are mostly highly educated and patient and, according to various studies, they often have a healthier diet and make more sensible decisions during parenting.
They have already travelled a lot and missing out on parties does not bother them anymore. In addition, they are often financially secure and their relationship with their partner has already been put to the test for several years having sustained its highs and the lows. This is an advantage, because a baby is often a stress test for couples. In addition, their training and professional experience makes it easier for them to find their way back into the world of work later on in life. Hence, wanting to have a child later in life has some definite advantages.
Issues of Late Pregnancy
The late decision to have a child does also carry risks, however. As a woman's age increases, the quality of her eggs decreases, and with it her fertility. That in turn impacts her chances firstly of getting pregnant, secondly of experiencing a pregnancy that is free from complications, and thirdly, of giving birth to a healthy child. The quality of one's eggs starts to diminish from the age of 35, and it decreases rapidly after the age of 40. While the probability of getting pregnant at 40 is still 25 per cent, by the age of 43, it has already dropped to 10 per cent. From the age of 46, it is only just over one per cent. At the same time, pregnancy at 40-something is far less risky for a woman if it is not her first child.
Also, the age of the father should not be ignored. Although men can father children until old age, the quality of the sperm decreases for them as well.
Getting Pregnant at 40-Something
If it is no longer possible to get pregnant naturally, we support women in our fertility clinic who want to become mothers later on in life with our great wealth of experience and, if possible, we try to make the birth of their very own child a reality for them. There are several options available, including in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), ICSI, hormonal treatments, cycle monitoring, egg donation and other supporting measures. Please do not hesitate to contact us!
Tips for Late Pregnancy
Women wanting to have children later on in life can help their bodies when it comes to getting pregnant and remaining healthy throughout the pregnancy. Since the eggs have already suffered a loss in quality, women should make sure that they are physically fit. This includes
- having a balanced diet
- avoiding nicotine
- drinking as little alcohol as possible, or, of course, none at all during pregnancy or while breastfeeding
- getting enough exercise, but not practicing any sport excessively
- as far as possible, not being overweight or underweight
Of course, men should also follow these guidelines to positively influence their sperm quality.
It helps to know your own cycle exactly, so as to identify the ovulation. Also, because in women over 35 years of age, the time of ovulation likes to shift towards the beginning of the cycle.