How often have you heard that women over a certain age cannot get pregnant? Well according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, planned pregnancies among women 40 and over are becoming ever more prevalent. However, that does not mean there aren’t certain biological issues that arise when a woman over 40 attempts to conceive. At the age of 40, your chances of conceiving falls to 5 percent over the course of a menstrual cycle. Although there are more challenges for women attempting to conceive over the age of 40, there are some measures you can take to ensure your best chances.
- Pre-conception Counseling
Mapping out a pregnancy with your doctor is good idea to make sure you understand and address all possible medical complications for you or your future baby.
- Timing, Timing, Timing
As women near the age of 40, their bodies begin to prepare for menopause. Understanding the changes of menopause is important in being able to conceive after 40. Once you understand the changes happening in your body, you can better plan out the timing of attempting to get pregnant.
- Healthy Habits
If you are over 40 and trying to get pregnant, being healthy is an absolute must. Eating healthy and exercising can help your body to be in its best shape to conceive. Moderate exercise such as swimming and running are a good place to start, according to WebMD.
Some other small changes you can make to give yourself the best chances to conceive are taking special supplements like coenzyme Q10 and reducing stress wherever possible in your life.
If all of these changes do not seem to be helping, you might consider alternative options such as an egg donor. An egg donor would allow you to carry your child with the help of an egg donation. While the child may not genetically be tied you, most women find that by carrying their child they still feel the same connection.