Being a mother is a very special feeling for everyone. Traditionally, the standard age of getting pregnant was between 25-30 years. But due to the changing lifestyle, late marriages and nuclear families, and the advanced medical facilities, the conception period has extended to 28-35 years. Nowadays, the couples are even ready for a baby after 40 years of age and it is possible if proper care is taken. If you are planning to conceive after the age of 40 years, our experts at Sunrise Hospital suggest some precautions that result in a healthy pregnancy.
Precautions While Planning Pregnancy in the 40s
In order to get pregnant after 40 years of age without any major health issues, one should go for regular prenatal tests, consume healthy diet and vitamins daily. Regular exercise is very essential and one needs to quit alcohol and smoking completely.
To get pregnant in the late 40s, one needs to pay attention to the health issues like diabetes, asthma, sexually transmitted diseases, obesity etc. These issues affect the pregnancy to a great extent. Hence, all these health problems should be treated properly.
Regular checkups and blood tests are really important in order to look after the immunity and infection.
Make sure that you do not take any extra herbal medicines that might hinder the growth of the fetus.
Consumption of folic acid is the best way to avoid any birth defect.
Positive Aspects of Late Pregnancies
The positive aspect of getting pregnant in late 40s is that the mother is experienced, stable and responsible enough to take proper care of the child.
Any Negative Effects on the Child or the Mother?
With the increase in age, the number of eggs deteriorates with time which can affect pregnancy and can give rise to the birth defects in the child.
The mothers in the late 40s are highly prone to medical issues such as miscarriages, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, placenta abruption, ectopic pregnancy, gestational diabetes, problems with the placenta, and still births etc.
There is a great risk of premature delivery. The baby may also have some chromosomal abnormalities or any other defects.
In the women in late 40s, it might take a long time to get pregnant naturally.
Alternative Methods to Conceive
With increase in age, most women often find it difficult to conceive a baby naturally. There are various advanced technologies that can help the couples to get pregnant. The techniques include-
- Egg freezing
- Artificial insemination
- Donor eggs
It is never late to conceive a baby naturally or through other medications. You just need to consult a right doctor at the right time. For further information, you can consult gynaecologist or fertility experts at Sunrise Hospitals that have a highly experienced team of doctors.