Being pregnant in your 40s isn’t uncommon these days. So many women believe that their chances of conceiving after the age of 35 are extremely low, but because of advanced medicine, there is a big chance you can get pregnant in your 40s. However, your pregnancy will be considered a high-risk pregnancy because of your age.
It is important to speak to your gynecologist about getting pregnant in your 40s so you perform the required blood tests and examinations.
As women age, their fertility decreases. If you’re in your 40s and have been trying to get pregnant for over six months, you should consult your OB/GYN to start running the required tests. The doctor does blood tests and ultrasounds to check the status of your uterus and ovulation to make sure that there are no underlying conditions preventing you from getting pregnant.
In this article, you will be able to have an in-depth idea about being pregnant in your 40s, what to expect, and the risks and complications you and your baby may face.
What to expect
Having your first child in your 20s is different than having your second child in your 30s. You will definitely notice that your second pregnancy is different. You may feel like your first pregnancy was easier with less fatigue or body pain. The same goes for being pregnant in your 40s. As you age, your body loses its mass, which is something you will definitely notice when you are pregnant over 40. The body and joints may ache a lot and you will definitely feel more fatigue if you are pregnant.
Pregnant women in their 40s have a higher chance of having twins or triplets due to the fertility treatments they will be exposed to. In addition, during your pregnancy, you will need to perform genetic tests to screen for any genetic problems your baby may be born with which differs depending on your age.
Risks and complications
You may develop these complications because as fertility decreases so does the quality of the eggs.
- Uterine fibroids
- Disorders of the fallopian tubes
Pregnant women in their 40s may also have the risk of developing the following pregnancy complications:
- Gestational diabetes
- Pre-term delivery
- Low birth weight
- Birth defects
Your chances of vaginal delivery in your 40s decrease because of the risk of developing pre-eclampsia during your pregnancy may require you to give birth early.
Most women give birth successfully in their 40s, but it is extremely important to follow up with your doctor to prevent any complications for you or your baby.
While it may seem challenging to have a baby in your 40s, it is important to understand that is not impossible and with the proper care you will surely have a smooth pregnancy with a healthy baby and a happy mama. Follow up with an experienced OB/GYN and proper self-care and awareness will definitely be a plus.
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