Halle Berry. Gwen Stefani. Rachel Zoe. Tina Fey. Something that all of these women have in common is that they got pregnant after turning 40 – the age that reportedly makes conceiving a lot harder.
According to a recent study, women 40 and over have less than a five percent chance of getting pregnant each menstrual cycle. That roughly amounts to around five out of every 100 women (in that age demographic) seeing a plus sign on their pregnancy tests each month.
Although the odds are pretty much against you getting pregnant after 40, there’s proof that women are still conceiving at that age. Whether you’re getting close to 40 or you’re already over the milestone and you want to have a baby, don’t get discouraged. Here are some of the things that you need to do that can make it easier to conceive.
1Watch your weight
Being under or overweight can make conceiving more difficult. That’s why it’s a good idea to see your physician in the months leading up to your plans of trying to get pregnant. When you’re underweight, your body doesn’t always have the nutrients that it needs to get pregnant and nurture your growing baby. When you’ve overweight, it can throw your hormone levels off and cause your ovulation and periods to be irregular. It’s also important to note that if your man is overweight, his sperm won’t be as potent. It’s important to get on a healthy regimen that includes eating right and exercising as soon as possible.
2Take a supplement
As we get older, our bodies need more nutritional support in the form of a vitamin. This is especially the case if you want to get pregnant. You’ll need zinc to help with ovulation (your man will also need it to keep his sperm healthy). You’ll need folic acid to help with your baby’s neural tube development. You’ll also need omega-3 fatty acids to assist with embryo development, and iron to better carry oxygen to you and your baby’s blood cells. You can usually get all of this with the help of a good prenatal vitamin. Start taking it at least six months before you start trying to get preggers.
3See your doctor
Seek out a doctor who specializes in women who have fertility issues. Not to say that you automatically have one due to your age, but they will know what to look out for. They can also offer tips about what can be done to significantly decrease the chance of experiencing a miscarriage or having a risky pregnancy.
4Be intentional about treating health problems
Hopefully, you’re someone who sees your doctor on an annual basis. But if you’re not, now is the time to make an appointment for a full physical. It’s important that you find out if you have any health issues that could prove to make getting pregnant difficult.
Probably, out of all of the advice we could give you, our greatest pearl of wisdom is to CHILL OUT. Your clock may be ticking, but to make everything a race against it is only going to stress you out. The more stressed you are, the less likely you are to conceive. Babies need to be made in love, not out of fear and anxiety. Do your part, let nature take its course and be open to the surprises along the way. Women over 40 have babies every day. You never know. One day, one of them just might be you!