Having a baby after 40 can be challenging but it is not uncommon for women in that particular age group to get pregnant.
The incidence of giving birth after 40 years old has been increasing for the past few decades.
This is especially true for women who are career-driven. It’s not easy to juggle work and dealing with having a baby, thus they push their effort towards improving their career first.
I would like to emphasise that there is no such thing as bad timing to be pregnant as long as you are able to.
As medical technologies get sophisticated, we are able to help couples from various age groups and medical problems to conceive a child.
However, you need to know a few things/risks associated with them.
It’s not easy for women above 40 to conceive
Having a baby can be quite tricky when you are 40 years and above.
It’s a well-known fact that fertility declined with age. This is true for both genders.
The thing you should consider is the quality of your sperm and ovum when you are 40 as compared to when you are 20.
According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologist (ACOG), as you are exceeding 37 years old, the rate of success to conceive increases.
The probability for a spontaneous pregnancy will eventually reach near zero when you are 44 years and above.
Does that mean they can’t get pregnant after 44 years old? Well, having a baby at this age is not at all impossible but it can be extremely hard without assistance.
Even when you are submitting yourself to in-vitro fertilisation, the probability of success decreases with age.
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Those who are 35 years and below have a probability of 36% to conceive by IVF.
- Those who are between 38 to 40 years old, they have a probability of 22% to conceive by IVF.
- Women who are 42 years old and above only have a probability of 6% to conceive by IVF.
It’s easy for women above 40 to experience complications
Gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and placenta praevia, all of them have a significant correlation with advanced maternal age (women above 35 years old).
Having a baby at this age can be tiring but some are just so motivated to do it hence they have been giving their body extra precautionary medical attention.
As you are getting older, your egg cell and partner’s sperms can have a lot of chromosomal errors.
This can be translated into much more insidious complications that can affect your baby’s well-being.
Down syndrome, Patau syndrome and Edward syndrome, are some of the conditions which can be linked to chromosomal issues.
That’s why prenatal care is extremely important for women above 40 who are having a baby.
Some women need to be submitted to a caesarean section as they are having medical issues that would affect their overall health if they were to undergo normal delivery.
It’s not easy to keep your pregnancy
Getting pregnant is one thing, to keep it is another.
The incidence of stillbirth and miscarriage increase as the maternal age increases.
Having a baby at this point of time can be quite challenging. You have to be meticulous to increase your probability of success.
If your foetus died before the age of 20 weeks, it’s considered as a miscarriage.
Above that, a diagnosis of stillbirth will be given.
Your healthcare providers might suggest a modified form of prenatal care to increase your chances to succeed.
For example, instead of letting your pregnancy progress according to its natural courses, you might be induced when you’ve reached your estimated delivery date.
Getting a pass that can be dangerous for the mother and the baby.
You will also be prescribed with a cocktail of medications or supplements to treat complications or as a way to prevent unwanted consequences from happening.
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