5 Tips for Getting Pregnant after 40
Since 1985, women having babies in their forties has been on the rise. We see it in the media and amongst well-known celebrities. A woman in her forties can still get pregnant without fertility help, but the chances dramatically drop with age. Once a woman reaches the age of 40 she has a 5% chance of getting pregnant each cycle. By the time you reach 43 that percentage drops down to a 1% chance of conceiving naturally. Also, the probability of miscarriage at 40 is around 40%. This is more than double the chances of someone in their twenties. To maximize your chances of success, let’s breakdown 5 tips that may help boost you to get pregnant after 40.
#1 Maintain a Stable Body Weight
Having too low of a body fat can cause ovulation to stop, while obese women may have too much body fat which may lead to hormone imbalances that disrupt fertility.
#2 Protect and Nourish your Body
Keep your body away from toxins and support it with proper supplementation. The Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine states that smoking accounts for 13% of the world’s infertility. Steering clear of smoking as well as keeping your environment clear of harmful chemicals can positively impact your fertility experience. At the same time, supplementing with fertility boosters such as fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids,CoQ10, and DHEA can help older women with egg quality and fertility. You can work with a doctor or nutritionist to find the optimal doses for you.
#3 Plan Ahead
If you know that pregnancy in your forties is in your cards, and you are still in your thirties, you can opt in for an “back-up plan.” Egg freezing can “buy you time” by preserving the eggs you’ve frozen even though time may continue to decline your egg quantity and quality as you get older. If you freeze your eggs at 33 years old and decide you’re ready at 43, you’ve greatly increased the odds for pregnancy as egg quality and count dramatically decreases at this age.
#4 Fertility Wellness Counseling
Before you seek fertility treatments, you can get guidance with wellness options such as nutrition, yoga, acupuncture, and spiritual counseling. There have been many fertility success stories from applying lifestyle coaching and positively impacting one’s well-being.
#5 Seek Fertility Treatment
There are several options to get that extra support when you’re dealing with fertility issues that come with age. Intrauterine Insemination is when sperm is collected and then deposited into a woman’s uterus using a catheter to pass through the cervix. Another option is IVF which involves taking eggs out of the body and mixing them with sperm in the laboratory to make embryos. These embryos can later be placed into the uterus and grow into a baby. If using your own eggs isn’t an option, there is also donor egg IVF. It is like traditional IVF but now you use high quality eggs from a donor.
If you need guidance on any of these five areas or want to inquire about an ovarian reserve test to see where you stand, you can seek support from our team at the Reproductive Health and Wellness Center. We have a comprehensive fertility wellness division that includes nutrition counseling, yoga, acupuncture, spiritual counseling and fertility therapy. We are here to help, just call 949-516-0606 to speak with our office about booking a session, or you can book an online consultation with our founder, Dr. Rosencrantz, to speak about your fertility needs.