My mother always wondered how female celebs postpone their childbirth till their 40’s. I have heard medical professionals over the years stating that 30 years is the ideal for a woman to give birth to healthy children. Down’s syndrome and congenital abnormalities are on the list of possibilities if one has to bear a child post 35. But medical technology has been touching new heights with new research and concept being adapted for the wellbeing of humankind. It has made the impossible, possible and women who have not had the chance to have children in their early 30’s can now think of having kids in their 40’s too. Lifestyle choices too have to be taken into consideration as one may have to rely on assisted instruments to conceive in their 40’s.
Let us understand what can make pregnancy possible after the 40’s:
Although pregnancy is possible post 40’s, it is obvious that it has complications over a pregnancy before 40’s and 30’s. It is always suggested that one should have it as early as possible.
Take a pre-consultation before pregnancy: Consider all the possibilities for a healthy conception. Discuss with the caregiver the probable complications and the ways to get rid of them. Get an action plan for conception or be aware of the fertility options that are available. One thing has to be kept in mind that childbearing after 40 has to be given special attention and is not as ordinary as it is before 40’s. The doctor may ask for necessary investigations to make sure you are capable of giving birth to a child. Get your possibilities of being pregnant evaluated by the healthcare professional. Understand the risk of chromosomal birth defects in infants if the pregnancy is after 40.
Be aware of gestation induced hypertension and diabetes: Hypertension is likely during pregnancy and the risk intensifies with the increasing age. The blood pressure has to be continually monitored and the doctor may prescribe some medications and a special diet to keep the pressure under control. If not treated, this may lead to preeclampsia.
Gestational hypertension is a pregnancy induced condition and is more likely with increasing age. If left untreated, it can be fatal leading to a bigger baby. Hence, it is essential that the blood sugar level be in control with an exercise regime and healthy diet. You may even have medication to keep the diabetes under control.
Get into a healthy lifestyle even before conception: Living a healthy life even before pregnancy increases your chances of getting pregnant. Healthy diet with whole grains, fruits and vegetables and higher amounts of protein along with a good exercise regime will keep you fit for the imminent conception. Quit alcohol, smoking and substance abuse if you are into them as they considerably lessen the chances of getting pregnant.
Know about the conditions after conception: According to March of Dines, older women have more chances of premature deliveries, miscarriage, still births, placenta previa etc. They may also have a tendency to bleed more post childbirth in comparison to younger women. Women in their 40’s do not produce fresh eggs and the number of eggs in them are decided genetically when she is born. So, the older she gets, the older the eggs are. However, at times, women after 40 might also have a complication free delivery and it can be easy too.
Older women are likely to be comparatively more inactive than younger women in raising infants, babies and toddlers. If you are mentally and physically prepared to face all these conditions, you can go ahead and plan for a pregnancy with the help of your doctor. It has to be remembered that close monitoring is essential to have a safe pregnancy and risk-free delivery to be a mother. Keeping all these aspects under control will surely prevent a mishap and you can have a healthy baby despite your age.