Increasing Your Odds of Conception After 40
The simple fact about aging and fertility is this: it’s exponentially more difficult to get pregnant after the age of 35 than it is before. By the age of 40, your chances of being able to get pregnant without some form of intervention or another are just very slim. This is frustrating today for many women, as more and more couples are waiting longer to start their families. Many women find themselves facing their 40s wondering if it’s even possible to get pregnant.
The good news is that it is possible. Not only are there all sorts of assisted reproductive technologies out there, in some cases there are some small simple techniques that increase your odds dramatically.
Here’s where you should start:
- Eat right. Eat a balanced diet. Consume plenty of whole grains, green vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. Make sure you’re getting enough folic acid and iron, too; when you do get pregnant, those nutrients are what your baby needs most in order to grow and develop.
- Work out. Regular exercise is good for the mind, the body, and yoru fertility. When you exercise, you release stress, which is known to cause fertility struggles. You increase the flow of blood to your body, improving organ functions, including those organs in your reproductive system. Get at least 30 minutes, three days a week.
- If you smoke, quit. Smoking affects fertility, but it also adds to the risk of miscarriage, placental damage, and low birth weight – all things that older moms have to be concerned about already.
- Don’t wait to talk to your doctor. Most of the time, you’re not going to be able to see a fertility specialist until you’ve been trying to conceive for a year. For women over the age of 35, however, that’s not always the case. Today, fertility doctors are more willing to see patients who are older, sooner.
- Don’t forget about your partner. A good number of fertility issues have to do with the male partner, as well. Make sure he’s removing those risk factors that might impact his fertility, too. While a man’s fertility doesn’t decline as dramatically with age as a woman’s, you need to try to take male factor infertility out of the equation.
So, what about you? Did you get pregnant after 40? Did it take a long time? Did you need to look into medical solutions?